Dehydration: Dehydration occurs when there is an excessive loss of body fluids, especially of water and electrolytes — or not enough water taken during the day. When you start to feel thirsty, you body is already dehydrated.

Causes of Dehydration: Excessive exercise without water/fluids intake, drinking soda or other beverages instead, being outside in the hot sun for an hour or more, particularly during peak hours. Also, certain medical conditions / sickness viz vomiting, diarrhea, sweating, diabetes , menstrual cycle, IBS and certain prescription medications.

The most common cause of dehydration is simply not drinking enough water or substituting water intake with only sugar- added -soda or juice. This is a critical mistake as not only does that spike your blood sugar, but also your cells cannot get enough water to function properly!

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The major electrolytes in the body — sodium, potassium, chloride and bicarbonate — are ion compounds that literally help our body to have energy via the force of electricity that keeps your organs and cells functioning. Some parts of the body that are more “electrically wired” and require a high number of electrolytes and water include the brain, heart, nervous system and muscles.

Dehydration affects the actual viscosity (thickness) of your blood and the amount that your heart must beat every minute, as it tries to transport oxygen to all your cells.

When you’re dehydrated, your heart sends oxygen and nutrients to your brain, muscles and organs at a slower pace; as a consequence, you begin to feel fatigued/ exhausted, lethargic and moody.

Natural Remedies for and Prevention of Dehydration: As everyone knows drink more water throughout the day, increase your intake of vegetables and fruits, and make sure you’re getting plenty of electrolytes in the form of whole foods. When it comes to fruits and vegetables, some of the best options to obtain electrolytes and to stay hydrated include: Watermelon, Cantaloupe, Cucumber, Coconut water, Celery, Kiwi, Bell peppers, Citrus fruit, Carrots and Pineapple. People with Diabetes should eat watermelon and pine apple in moderation as these two fruits have high Glycemic Index [GI].

To calculate the amount of water you need to drink daily to avoid dehydration, take your weight in pounds and divide that number by 2. In other words, if you’re a woman who weighs 160 pounds, you need to drink roughly 80 ounces per day, or roughly ten 8-ounce glasses of water to stay fully hydrated. But this is only the amount of water if you do not exercise or do anything vigorous. If you work out or if you are active, then you ideally need to drink at least an extra eight ounces for every 30 minutes of exercise.

To control tiredness, keep your body hydrated all the time. In case you are a Junk food Junkie you will be peeing more frequently that tend to make the body dehydrated and lose electrolytes in patches. Mindfully, medical experts are telling us to drink half a glass of water after every visit to the loo, so as to negate the chances of dehydration, in case of any eventuality. Water, coconut water and homemade juices with all pulp in the juice and with no table sugar added are the only best choices. Energy drinks are diabolical to good health as they are now banned, though lately, up to an age of 16 in England as an ocular proof. Better late than never.

Emotional Stress: Research has confirmed in succession that tiredness can be psychological in patches. Beyond an iota of doubt an emotional stress can take a huge toll on your energy levels, especially when distress escalates to the point of an anxiety disorder or a sleep-related problem. In any given year, 1 in 5 Canadians experiences a mental illness or addiction problem. By the time Canadians reach 40 years of age, 1 in 2 have—or have had—a mental illness. According to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America (AADA), anxiety disorders are the most common mental illness in the U.S., affecting more than 40 million adults in the U.S. aged 18 years and older (which is 18 percent of the U.S. population).

Causes of Emotional Stress: Stress and anxiety can cause mental or emotional symptoms in addition to physical ones. These can include: feelings of impending doom. panic or nervousness, especially in social settings. Anxiety disorders are caused by a complex set of risk factors including: Genetics, diet, lifestyle and brain chemistry. Unfortunately, It is very common for those with anxiety to also have a form of depression, and vice versa — therefore, energy levels can suffer even more.

Natural Remedies for Emotional Stress: To combat emotional stress, you’ll want to focus on adjusting your diet, 7-hour sleep and exercise. Need to avoid stimulants [ e.g. caffeine], including those found in many tea, coffee, soft drinks and processed foods. Also, the use of essential oils, adaptogen herbs, and taking supplements like magnesium and vitamin B Complex that support your ability to cope with stress successfully.

Depression: Depression is one of the most common mental disorders and energy killer. Depression is believed to be caused by successive high stress, alcohol, hormonal imbalances, unresolved emotional problems, neurotransmitter imbalances, nutrition deficiencies, Vitamin D3 deficiency and toxicity from heavy metals etc.

Natural Remedies for Depression: Fortunately, changes in diet can really help ease depression. This is because foods can significantly affect our mood via the actions of neurotransmitters in our brain. It is prudent to follow an antidepression diet that boost the ability to produce “feel-good hormones. There are four primary chemicals in the brain that make us feel good/effect our happiness viz dopamine, oxytocin, serotonin, and endorphins. By sensible food planning and exercise one can activate these chemicals and thereby increase Vitamin H- I mean happiness.

So, the smart thing is to drastically reduced your intake of processed and refined foods, fast/junk foods, sugar-heavy/ sugar added foods, large amounts of simple carbohydrates, and caffeine and alcohol [ in case it is more than 2 drinks]. Red wine in moderation, for those into the drinking, is a better choice unequivocally.

We need to add energy-boosting foods viz proteins, vegetables, healthy fats like omega-3 fatty acids and coconut base foods, and other whole foods that make up a curative diet. We do not need omega 6 and omega 9 as our liver makes it daily as per our body requirement. Supplementation of Omega 6 in excess can lead to Hypertension.

Do not forget to incorporate exercise, relaxation techniques and Epsom salt [lavender flavor- as it relaxes our nervous system] bath. The smart thing is to do it regularly. Use of Essential oils is an allnatural and cost-effective way to boost up mood.

Essential oils like lavender, eucalyptus, rose, bergamot and roman chamomile which have been proven to help elevate mood for many people suffering from depression and anxiety.

Leaky Gut Syndrome

Leaky gut syndrome is a condition in which digestive tract becomes damaged as gut lining becomes impaired Small particles that normally can’t pass through a gut wall now start seeping through bloodstream. When someone has leaky gut syndrome, some of the things that can pass through the gut lining include proteins like gluten, bad bacteria and undigested foods particles to quote a few.

Symptoms of leaky gut syndrome include: feeling tired most of the time, cramps, bloating or diarrhea and skin irritations. Plus, muscle and joint pain, weight gain and changes in mood happens.

Leaky Gut Syndrome Causes: The number one reason is very frequent use of antibiotics, eating foods high in phytates and lectins — such as glutenous grains, nuts, seeds (not soaked or sprouted) GMO foods processed foods, added refined sugars, high fructose corn syrup, thyroid disease and autoimmune conditions


Prof. Surinder Kochhar (Shaun)
LPN, FCN, M.Com, CAIIB, DIM A freelance writer with 36 Years Exp. A Health Coach of University of Victoria