By Dr. John Hughes, DO
High Quality Supplemental Hydration Formula
The Extreme Hydration Formula is a mix of sodium, potassium, vitamin c, and magnesium, built to provide the body with the necessary elements to absorb water and keep you hydrated.
Better Than Just Water
In the 1950-1960s, when working hard outside, we drank water and took a salt pill. In the 1970-1980s, we starting drinking electrolyte-enhanced beverages like Gatorade and sometimes even soda for hydration. In the 1990-2000s, we threw out the artificial colors, flavors, and high fructose corn syrup from Gatorade (and Coke), and we went back to drinking just water. However, unless we were endurance athletes, we forgot to add the salt pill.
As a physician, I know how critical getting enough salt is to helping patients and athletes stay hydrated and electrolyte balanced. Patients complain to me that they feel dehydrated but they drink water all day long. I ask them, “Do you drink water and then have to pee in about an hour later?”
Most of the patient’s respond, “Yes, how did you know?
I tell them, “If you pour water on a paved road, it will run down the road and take the salts on the road with it. If you pour water on a sandy beach, it will soak into the sand. The key is to make your body like a sandy beach.” In order to get your body to absorb water like a sandy beach, you will have add some salt to your water. I tell my patients to add Himalayan, Celtic or another unrefined salt to your drinking water so that you can stay hydrated. After 10 years of this practice, I finally created a salt-based hydration formula, Extreme Hydration Formula.
Extreme Hydration Formula, made with Himalayan salt as a primary ingredient, has everything that I would give patients in IV Myer’s cocktail hydration formula–with the dehydrated patient or athlete in mind. The formula is designed to be in sync with nature with a Fibonacci basis for a proper ratio of all the ingredients. Besides sodium (from the Himalayan salt), I added the major minerals which compose human sweat, one of which is potassium–a mineral critical for the working hearts of athletes. I also added unrefined coconut palm sugar to improve absorption in the gut. Vitamin C is also key for antioxidant protection.
So far, we have had some great reviews from cyclists and runners. Here’s a few reports:
Hyponatremia, also called water intoxication, is generally the result of drinking excessive amounts of plain water, which causes a low concentration of sodium in the blood. Once a rare occurrence at sporting events, it is becoming more prevalent as participation increases and more novice exercisers are entering endurance events.
When you’re thirsty and in need of a drink, which beverages are best at keeping you hydrated?
Sure, you can always reach for a glass of water — but plain H20 isn’t the most hydrating beverage around, according to a study from Scotland’s St. Andrews University that compared the hydration responses of several different drinks.
The researchers found that while water — both still and sparkling –does a pretty good job of quickly hydrating the body, beverages with a little bit of sugar, fat or protein do an even better job of keeping us hydrated for longer.
In general, salt is essential for maintaining healthy functioning of the body’s cells, nerve conduction, digestion, as well as the absorption of nutrients and the elimination of waste products.
Pink Himalayan salt is a truly unique salt. It’s also referred to as pink salt, Himalayan sea salt, rock salt and Himalayan crystal salt.
With a history dating back to Earth’s creation, Himalayan salt is believed to be composed of dried remnants of the original, primal sea.
See for yourself by trying out the Extreme Hydration Formula.
Whatever you do, stay hydrated – extremely hydrated!