Brianna was thirsty. She just didn’t know it.
Turns out her sadness was caused by the herbal tea and other diuretics that she drank throughout the day.
Brianna was down in the dumps and getting worse all the time. She never felt like smiling or laughing. Things that she used to find joy in simply weren’t worth the effort anymore.
And the fatigue…she was exhausted all the time. The stress of just getting through life with work, raising a family and keeping the household running was more than she could handle on any given day. Even when she had gotten plenty of rest, she still felt tired.
“How can you be stressed and sad all at the same time? Aren’t those opposite ends of the spectrum?”, she asked me.
Trials and Tribulations
Sadness, stress and fatigue were the most pressing of Brianna’s symptoms that she shared with me. She also struggled with chronic constipation, tension headaches and weight gain.
Her doctors (and there had been many) couldn’t find anything really wrong with her from the tests they ran, or at least nothing to explain her symptoms. She said she felt a bit like her symptoms weren’t serious enough to warrant attention by the medical system. They all suggested that she try an anti-depressant. She was not willing to go that route.
Brianna tried all the supplements she could Google to try to lift her mood: vitamins, minerals, herbs, essential oils, you name it. Methodically, she had purchased everything that was available at GNC or Amazon, one at a time. She had plastic tubs filled with half-used bottles of one thing or another. (Cha-ching.)
Some helped for a while but, then again, maybe that was just wishful thinking.
Mind Blowing Wellness Mojo
Brianna stumbled upon our website while Googling one evening and reached out to me for a free 20 minute chat. She too had wondered if maybe there was something wrong with her physiologically that just wasn’t being addressed.
Intrigued by the concept of deeply exploring the root of her moods from a physical standpoint, Brianna agreed to:
- Complete a Confidential Client Wellness Questionnaire, our unique Nutri-Q nutritional assessment and a 3-day Food Journal
- Discuss her complete history, health challenges and goals
- Review the findings from the Nutri-Q assessment and Food Journal
- Conduct free, guided functional evaluation testing to assess areas of imbalance
- Provide any recent lab test results for further analysis using optimal reference ranges
- Co-Create a customized wellness plan of lifestyle and individualized nutrients
Brianna chose a Jump Start session from our list of services.
After getting to know Brianna, her history, challenges and goals, we reviewed the results of her Nutri-Q assessment and Food Journal.
By looking at her Symptom Burden Graph, a chart derived from the Nutri-Q assessment that illustrates which body systems are out of balance and by how much, we were able to see where we needed to focus and the priorities.
Next, we analyzed Brianna’s food journal. In Brianna’s case, she agreed to try a few simple swaps of things she was cooking with, a few more veggies, and eliminating some inflammatory foods.
The Herbal TEASE
Looking at her beverage consumption was very illuminating. Brianna drank plenty of ounces of liquids each day, but what she didn’t realize is that they were all diuretics.
Diuretics cause the body to remove fluid and salt.
While she had coffee or tea every morning just to get through the day, she purposely avoided caffeine after noon to be sure that she got to sleep at night.
Instead, Brianna was drinking diet, caffeine-free soft drinks and herbal teas throughout the day. She just didn’t like plain water and was smart enough to know that the flavored waters and even many sports drinks are loaded with sugar or sugar substitutes and other chemicals.
While most of us know that coffee, black and green tea, soft drinks, energy drinks, and alcoholic drinks are diuretics, it is surprising to find out that many herbal teas are diuretic as well like these:
- Green and Black Tea
- Stinging nettle
Brianna thought she was doing something healthful by drinking herbal teas, but she was actually dehydrating herself. Not all herbal teas are diuretics, but the ones she chose were.
While there was enough water in the tea to keep her alive, it wasn’t enough to allow her to thrive. Basically, her body was prioritizing its water (and electrolyte) use and there was simply not enough for non-critical processes.
She agreed to increase her consumption of spring water, adding a little lemon juice or lime juice for flavor and a pinch of sea salt with each glass to rebuild her electrolytes. She also consented to track the ounces of water she drank each day to be sure she was getting enough.
Keeping Up With Hydration
At Mind Blowing Wellness, while we don’t focus on counting carbs, fat grams or calories, water is different. It is truly the most essential nutrient and one we cannot survive without.
The formula for adequate water consumption is well-known: Drink daily half your body weight in ounces of water. For example, if you weigh 140 pounds, drink 70 ounces of water.
For every 8 ounces of a diuretic drink, add another 12-16 ounces more of water. Don’t drink more than 100 ounces of water per day (unless you are really sweating it out and always add electrolytes).
“There’s no way it can be that simple, just drink more water?” Brianna asked. Nonetheless, she was willing to give it a shot.
Just Add Water
About 6 weeks later, Brianna scheduled a follow-up phone call (included in the Jump Start Session).
While she made a few tweaks to her diet that we had discussed and we added an essential fatty acid supplement and some magnesium to her regimen, the biggest change she made was to add more water in lieu of some of the herbal teas and soft drinks.
She chose spring water with a pinch of sea salt and lemon. She had treated herself to some homemade fruit-infused water for a special treat.
She still enjoyed her cup of coffee or tea, but she drank water as well. Brianna dutifully kept track of her water consumption every day.
I could almost hear her smiling on the other end of the phone. She was very proud of her accomplishments and was feeling much better. Her constipation was much more under control with the addition of more water, more veggies and magnesium. Headaches were rare and she had even lost a few pounds.
“Who knew” she said, “that water could make such a difference?”
Brianna had been dehydrated for so long that every cell and system in her body had been affected, including her brain. It would take a little while before her body was fully recovered, but she knew she was on the right track now.
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