The adrenal glands are two tiny, pea sized glands that sit on top of the kidneys. They are small but mighty. The adrenals trigger the release of many crucial hormones including cortisol, adrenaline, and aldosterone. Hormones influence every part of your body, they influence who we are and how we interpret the world around us! The adrenals are so important, and in most Western cultures, so neglected.
As we spring forward this week, it is a good time to take extra good care of your adrenal glands. Drinking salt water first thing in the morning can have a profound shift in how you handle this up coming week.
At night while we’re sleeping, our body is using tons of water rejuvenating our vital organs. This is why first thing in the morning, it’s important to drink a big glass of water to start rehydrating. Drinking water first thing will improve digestion, flush out toxins, support clear skin, and even impact our cognitive function! Drinking water is important but what allows our bodies to maintain hydration are electrolytes and minerals.
This is where the salt comes in. The adrenal glands secrete aldosterone which controls the sodium and potassium levels in the body and in turn control the fluid levels in the body. While drinking water is the first step to becoming hydrating, minerals (sodium, potassium) and electrolytes play a huge role in optimizing our hydration. When the adrenals are fatigued, they produce less aldosterone and use more minerals. Without aldosterone, the kidneys will excrete disproportionate amounts of salt and consequently water. This can lead to dehydration and low blood pressure (salt water will also naturally raise our blood pressure). Just adding a teaspoon of salt to your water first thing in the morning will not only help you reach hydration, but it can have a huge impact on your entire day.
If you’re going to start drinking salt water in the morning, I suggest using a high quality salt like Himalayan pink salt. Most table salts (like Morton’s) are stripped of the up 84 (!) minerals often found in pink Himalayan sea salt. Like all things I promote, quality > quantity.
Do you add salt to your water? Have you ever made your own electrolytes?