Nutrition during pregnancy is only part of the bigger picture, which is why we can’t just focus on the Brewer Diet. Proper hydration, and restful sleep also play a role in a strong and healthy pregnancy. In the paragraphs that follow, I’ll explain what proper hydration looks like, and how balanced nutrition and proper hydration lead to restful sleep.
Proper hydration isn’t just about drinking more water. If we don’t do it right, that water will just go through the body without being properly used. You see our water purification methods all remove important minerals from the water. These minerals provide the body with vital nutrients required for optimal health. Proper hydration includes putting minerals back into your routine and this is easily done by using sea salt.
A great way for you to get the amount of salt your body needs for blood volume expansion AND the water it needs for proper hydration is to dissolve an 1/8 teaspoon of sea salt on your tongue before drinking 16 ounces or 10% of your body weight in ounces of water, whichever is greater. During pregnancy, Dr Brewer is concerned about water being used as a way of restricting calories. For this reason, he placed “drink water to thirst” as part of the Brewer Diet and prefers for you to take in other fluids instead of water. This was to help ensure that you receive the necessary calories, protein AND salt your body needs for proper blood volume expansion. The problem with his thinking is that water is also required for the necessary cell formation that makes the required blood volume expansion happen.
Proper hydration is important during pregnancy because dehydration can lead to pre-term labor just as salt lack can lead to pre-term labor. Combining the two allows you to “kill two birds with one stone” and will help to keep you properly hydrated. Because you’ve gone through most of the night without food or drink, it may be a good idea to start your day by dissolving an 1/8 teaspoon sea salt on your tongue and then drinking 16 ounces or 10% of your body weight in ounces of water, whichever is greater before enjoying a good protein rich breakfast. Each time you want a drink of water or any other type of fluid, dissolve an 1/8 teaspoon of sea salt on your tongue first.
Despite what you might have been told, it is not okay to use water as a way to control your hunger. As a matter of fact, that’s not how the body works. If you’re truly hungry, drinking water isn’t going to change that. With that said, food is the fuel your body uses to run all of its processes and to give you the energy you need to enjoy the day from start to finish. You are expanding your blood volume, which takes calories, salt, protein AND water. If you are having a hard time being okay with the amount of food that you are to eat daily, connect with me
. Calorie restriction is bad for the body when you’re not pregnant and it’s even worse for the body when you are pregnant.