Partner-In-Wellness Feature: Nikki Yelton, RD, LDN, CNHP
PUR2o is happy to have a network of Partners-in-Wellness who share PUR2o's passion for healthy living. We recently connected with PUR2o Partner-in-Wellness, Nikki Yelton, to learn more about her role as a functional medicine registered dietitian nutritionist and the role healthy hydration plays in reversing autoimmunity.
Nikki Yelton is a Functional Medicine Registered Dietitian Nutritionist who helps women discover the root cause of their gastrointestinal and autoimmune symptoms so that they can live their healthiest life possible with more joy, energy, and purpose.
She works with clients virtually all across the US and uses personalized nutrition and advanced lab testing to help her clients achieve optimal health. She has worked with nearly one thousand clients throughout her career so far using her 7-step system to help them heal leaky gut and reverse autoimmunity for good!
Nikki, what role does hydration play in improving gut health and reversing autoimmunity?
Whenever someone asks me where to start along their health journey to improve gut health and reverse autoimmunity, I always steer them in the direction of reducing their toxin exposure and accumulation. One of the most effective ways to do this is to simply drink more water and improve the quality of the water being consumed. Given water makes up almost 60% of our body mass, it plays an incremental role in our health and overall body function.
The problem is that roughly 85% of people drink tap water with over 300 known contaminants. We know that these toxins are contributors to not only intestinal permeability but the autoimmune cycle that some women have such a hard time overcoming. In addition, most Americans are chronically dehydrated and don’t even realize it. In fact, most symptoms people experience on a daily basis can be attributed to simply not being well hydrated.
Hydration for optimal gut health and reversing autoimmunity isn’t solely about how much water you consume though, but also how well you absorb the water you drink. Anytime the body loses liquid (which happens naturally), it’s also losing minerals. Electrolytes help you replenish those minerals, which include potassium, calcium, sodium, and magnesium. These minerals are essential for gut function and overall health.
When we absorb our water efficiently, the body is more effective at transporting nutrients, delivering oxygen to cells, supporting detoxification pathways, excreting waste and toxins, regulating body temperature, and maintaining normal electrical properties within cells. These processes are necessary for adequate gut function and protection against autoimmunity. When dehydration kicks in, the body is more prone to autoimmune flares, digestive issues, and poor gut integrity.
Why did you select PUR2o for your home?
One of the main reasons I decided to invest in the PUR2o water filtration system for my home is because it is so important to me that I reduce the toxin accumulation in my body. The quality of the food we eat is just as important as the quality of the water we drink. I can rest easy knowing I’m consuming the highest quality water that is not only helping me balance electrolytes but that is also free of toxins such as chlorine, PFAS and other harmful contaminants found in tap water and even other filtration units on the market.
PUR2o reduces toxins beyond what most filters are able to, and you can truly taste the difference! Not only is it the cleanest water I’ve consumed but my skin has also improved since switching to this system. Since the home filtration unit removes toxins as well, my body isn’t absorbing those toxins through the skin. This results in healthier skin and hair, along with not experiencing skin irritation which chlorine in our water typically causes.
The science behind PUR2o is what sets this system apart from the rest though! Not only is the water ionized and remineralized, but it helps create a more alkaline environment in our body with an abundance of antioxidants. This helps provide better hydration at an optimal pH with important minerals that help the body thrive. It replenishes, restores, energizes, and can truly help someone heal along their health journey!