Stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water. With approximately 70 percent of your body, 75 percent of your brain, and 80 percent of your blood consisting of this essential element, it’s no surprise that water should be your main beverage of choice.
Health Benefits of Water
Drinking water helps eliminate waste, flush out toxins, control body temperature, support fat loss, and maintain many more vital bodily functions. Symptoms of dehydration include thirst, constipation, dry skin, fatigue, headaches, acne, back pain, joint pain, high blood pressure, gallstones, and more. Water not only supports your health, but prevents you from drinking processed beverages high in refined sugars, artificial sweeteners, and other toxic ingredients.
Hydrate Upon Waking
Many people are chronically dehydrated. Proper hydration is crucial for overall health, including detoxification, digestion, fat loss and more. For optimal hydration, start your day with one or more of the options below, including lemon water, lime water, celery juice, cucumber juice or coconut water. After hydrating, wait 15 minutes to eat or drink anything.
Optimal Hydration Options
Continue hydrating the rest of the day with the optimal hydration options. You can also add variety to plain water with cooling cucumber slices, zesty citrus wedges, spicy grated ginger or refreshing frozen berries. Pack a reusable water bottle to continue hydrating wherever you go.
How Much Water?
Let your thirst be your guide. Most people benefit from drinking a minimum of half their body weight in ounces of water daily. For example, if you weigh 140 pounds, then drink about 70 ounces or 8-9 cups of water daily. You can also check your urine color as an indicator of hydration. Dark yellow urine indicates dehydration. Clear or light yellow urine indicates sufficient hydration.
Replenish Electrolytes Naturally
During warmer weather or intense activity, it’s best to replenish electrolytes with an electrolyte enhanced drink that contains zero sugars and artificial ingredients, such as SmartWater. You can also make your own low-sugar beverage by following the recipe below. Symptoms of low electrolytes include headaches, fatigue, leg cramps, muscle spasms and frequent urination.
Cooling Coconut Electrolyte Beverage
3 cups water
1 cup plain coconut water
1 cup 100 percent cherry/berry/cranberry juice
1-2 teaspoons unrefined sea salt
optional stevia for sweetness
Instructions: Combine ingredients and enjoy over ice.
Another great option for replacing electrolytes is coconut water. Unlike most high fructose corn syrup sweetened sports drinks, coconut water contains naturally occurring sugar.
Depending on the brand, coconut water can have 15 times the electrolytes found in sports drinks! Be sure to select raw (unpasteurized) coconut water with the least amount of ingredients and the lowest amount of sugar.
Harmless Harvest and Taste Nirvana are great brands. If available, try delicious fresh coconut water straight from the green coconut. You may also enjoy this tasty coconut water kefir recipe!
Wellness Coach, Functional Diagnostic Nutrition® Practitioner,