DRINK IT – EAT IT – FEEL IT – USE IT
Here’s your 3 Hydro Health Hacks
1. Drink It
We’ve heard it all before, “drink 6-8 glasses of water a day”. We know It’s vital to good health yet 4 in 10 people don’t drink the recommended daily amount. When you factor in caffeinated drinks, alcohol and a high sodium diet,
many of us are unknowingly dehydrated.
So here’s an easy to adopt habit that’s proven to work optimally with your digestive system (the trick is in the timing):
Drink 1 glass of water 30 minutes before each meal and 2 glasses 2 hours after each meal and you’ll secure your daily quota of H2O. Of course this is just a suggestion, you may like to sip throughout the day, do whatever works best for you to stay hydrated. Remember, body composition, activity level, humidity and temperature can also have you needing more.
DAILY WATER PLAN
2. Eat it
Staying hydrated isn’t just about drinking water, it’s also important those electrolytes like potassium, chloride, magnesium and sodium are present in your diet. Electrolytes are minerals in your body that have an electric charge. They are in your blood, urine, tissues, and other body fluids. They balance your body’s acid/alkaline base (pH) level and the amount of water in your body.
Electrolytes need replenishing daily especially if you lead an active, sporty life. In no particular order, here are the Top 5 Hydrating Foods:
1. Celery – 95% water, fibre, folate, choline, potassium, sodium, vits A&K
2. Watermelon – 92% water, contains vits A, B6, C and potassium
3. Coconut Water – “Mother Nature’s Sports Drink” potassium for cramps
4. Citrus Fruit – Eat the whole fruit or fresh squeezed for vit C and fibre
5. Cucumber – High in electrolytes and silica which is great for your skin
EAT THEM IN SALADS, SMOOTHIES OR AS HEALTHY SNACKS
All over the world people are enjoying the benefits of cold showers. The benefits are manifold: they boost the body’s immune response, reduce stress levels, improve alertness, strengthen endurance & willpower, lift your mood and assist with weight loss. If you’re new to this practice, then start by showering the extremes – hands and feet – you’ll be surprised how quickly your endurance builds to full body cold showers. Want to know more? https://www.wimhofmethod.com/benefits-of-cold-showers
If you need proof as to why you should be hydrating adequately then consider this – The brain and heart are composed of 73% water, the lungs approximately 83% water. The skin contains 64% water, muscles and kidneys are 79%, and even the bones are watery at 31%. (The Journal of Biological Chemistry).
Here’s a quick look at how your body uses it:
- Brain – To manufacture hormones and neurotransmitters.
- Digestive System – From saliva to mucous, converts food to nutrition.
- Skin – Temperature control. Radiance. Cell growth, reproduction & survival.
- Urinary system – Detoxes and clears waste.
- Spinal Cord – Shock Absorber
- Lungs & Blood – For blood and oxygen circulation
- Muscles & Joints – Strength, function and lubrication
And that just skims the surface…
For a deep dive into the wonders of water you may like “Your Body’s Many Cries for Water” (You’re not sick you’re thirsty) by Dr Batmanghelidj
Here’s to you, you know what to do, get a glass, add some ice & lemon then
“Drink to your health”
4th July 2020