What if I told you there isn’t one thing that happens in your body that doesn’t depend on proper hydration? Yet, the quality and source of water has gotten very cumbersome and confusing. Remember the time when you just stuck a glass under a faucet, filled it and drank?
The age old recommendation to drink eight 8oz glasses of water a day doesn’t really apply today now that we are more aware of our bio-individual needs depending on body size and environment. The truth is, water is necessary and most of us are not drinking enough of it. With the hot Summer months upon us, your need for proper hydration is of even more importance.
Already I’m noticing an increased craving for fruit, particularly watermelon, which is high in water. Yes, we get water from fresh fruits and vegetables. Even more reason to continue to eat real, naked foods. Processed foods, which are designed for shelf life, have very little to no moisture content.
The amount of water one drinks is important* (see formula below). How to incorporate water into your diet is of even more importance. Here are some tips to get more water into your day.
1) Eat more real, fresh vegetables and fruit. They are high in water content. Enough said.
2) Drink water the next time you’re craving a snack. Often we mistake food cravings for dehydration. Next time you’re craving that candy bar or ice-cream, have a glass of water and wait 10 minutes to see if the craving goes away.
3) A tip that Margaret taught me is to drink a big glass of water upon waking up. We are technically in a fast while sleeping so there’s no better way to break that fast than by drinking water. In fact, you get in the habit of drinking a full glass upon waking up you may find yourself not needing that cup of coffee.
4) Find water too plain? Flavor your water naturally with fresh, organic fruit and vegetables. This is a great tool for getting off sweetened drinks like soda and juice. Instead of reaching for a can, pour yourself a glass of naturally flavored water. You’ll may be surprised at how refreshing and revitalizing you feel from it!
Here’s a recipe for some great tasting water:
- 1/2 cucumber, sliced
- handful of mint leaves
- 1 cup diced watermelon (deseeded or seedless)
- pinch of unrefined sea salt (adds electrolytes)
- Pitcher of water
Place the ingredients in a large pitcher and fill with clean, filtered water. Place in refrigerator and continue to refill with water until ingredients start to get mushy or turn color.
*A good rule of thumb for figuring out how much water to drink is to take your weight in pounds and divide it by 2. This will give you the minimum ounces of water you want to be drinking per day. For example, if you way 150 lbs, you want to drink at least 75 ounces of water a day.
Feeling really dehydrated, or need to rehydrate after a stomach bug or intense exercise? Check out this homemade electrolyte drink by Don’t Mess with Mama. Easy, real, and none of the junk you’ll find in commercial rehydration powders or drinks.
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