Stay Hydrated

Stay Hydrated

Did you drink enough today? Drinking enough water is often overlooked. Getting plenty of water is a must for good brain function, digestion and circulation. Water makes up 60% of your body weight. Adults lose an average of 10 glasses of water daily. This includes what leaves through sweat, urine and stool. Drinking too much can lead to overhydration so don't overdo it. Stick to 8-10 glasses of water a day. Staying hydrated is also essential for maintaining the right amounts of electrolytes in the body. An Electrolyte is a charged particle. Signs of dehydration are a dry mouth, fatigue, dry skin and headaches. Here are a few hydration tips. 

Drink a glass of water with a squeeze of lemon juice or a wedge of lemon. You could also add a dot of fruit juice to the water to get those electrolytes. 

Some herbal teas may help hydrate you. Coconut water is full of electrolytes, especially potassium. Coconut water in addition may help prevent kidney stones and lower depression. 

Eating fruits and vegetables are a good way to hydrate. Unlike starchy foods or processed foods which dehydrate the body, fruits and vegetables hydrate the body. They contain 90% or more, water. 

Another idea that may be handy, especially if you fly a lot is dropping some chia seeds into a glass of water and drinking it. Water in the body is in a gel like form. Dr. Gerald Pollack  discovered this and called it a fourth phase of water. If you put chia seed in water it will form a gel like substance around it. In this form the water is more compatible and will hydrate better. Unlike drinking regular water which may just get flushed out, this gel-like water will be better utilized. 

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