Do you have dry skin, often feel parched, or have a hard time getting through a work out? Do you often feel hungry only to realize that you were actually thirsty? Has this led to you packing on some unwanted pounds?
If so, you are probably a little dehydrated. It’s nothing to be alarmed about, because it’s easy to fix.
The body uses water to eliminate toxins via the bladder, colon, and skin. Without sufficient hydration our bodies will struggle to release toxins, and as a result we will become more symptomatic. For glowing skin, weight maintenance, and abundant energy, hydration is essential!
One of the main reasons why so many suffer from dehydration is because they just don’t like drinking plain water. I feel you. Unless I have reached the level of extreme thirst, I don’t typically reach for a bottle of water. Since I don’t enjoy waiting until I reach that point to hydrate my body, I have found some tasty ways to keep my body well hydrated and feeling awesome.
1. Delicious Herbal Teas, Lemon slushies, and Cold and Hot Lemonades
In addition to my favorite blueberry and passion berry teas, my favorite way to enjoy water is to add fresh lemon juice and stevia to make a sugar free lemonade. I do this in three variations on a very regular basis.
- Hot lemonade - 1 mug of hot water with the juice of half a lemon and 1-2 packets of stevia
- Cool lemonade - The juice of one lemon in 1 liter of pure water and about 2 or 3 packets of stevia
- Lemon Slushie - Cut away the peel of a lemon and add it to a blender along with one cup of water and stevia to taste. Blend until you have a lemon/water liquid. Add about 12 cubes of ice and blend until you have a slushie. This is the most refreshing treat!
2. Green Juices and Smoothies
Nothing hydrates the body quite like a fresh, organic green vegetable juice. The alkalinity of the juices remove toxins from the cells, which makes the cells more open and able to receive hydration, as well as nutrition. Many of my clients claim to feel addicted to their morning green juice, and I strongly believe it is because spending years -- decades even, on a standard American leads to chronic dehydration.
Even if you don’t know it, your cells, tissues, and organs are begging you for some green juice! Here is my favorite basic green juice recipe:
- 1 Cucumber
- Half a head of celery
- 1 bunch of kale
- 1 big head of romaine lettuce
- 1 lemon
- A good sized knob ginger
- Stevia to sweeten
I like my daily green juice to be sugar free, but you can always use one apple in your juice if this isn’t sweet enough for you.
Run each ingredient through your juicer. I like to then run my juice through a strainer or a nut milk bag to remove any excess pulp.
If you don’t have a juicer or you don’t have access to a juice bar, a good second option is a green smoothie.
While smoothies don’t touch juice in terms of hydration, nutrition, or alkalinity, they do deliver nutrition to your body in an easy to process, pre-digested form. Don’t be hard on yourself if you can’t fit daily juice into your schedule, just do the best you can.
Here is my favorite smoothie recipe:
- 2 cups of frozen blueberries
- 2 packed cups of baby spinach
- 2 tsp pumpkin pie spice
- About 18 drops of vanilla stevia
- 1 cup of almond milk
- (option: you could add ¼ to ½ of an avocado to make this creamier and more filling)
Blend all ingredients and enjoy!
3. Eating Raw Until Lunch or Dinner
A great option for staying super hydrated is to keep your morning foods raw.This means that instead of having bagels, oatmeal, or cereal, you can have a green juice, smoothie, or fresh fruit.
If you wanted to extend this into lunch, you can have a delicious and satisfying avocado salad. Simply pile a few ounces of your favorite greens onto your lunch plate, top with a delicious jarred organic salsa, half of an avocado, and your favorite salad dressing (I love just a bit of lemon juice).
Take the remaining half of your avocado and spread it onto some organic sprouted grain bread. Top the avocado with a couple of thin tomato slices, sprinkle with a bit of sea salt and pepper, and then top with another piece of organic sprouted grain bread. Voila! You have a beautiful, nourishing, whole food, high raw, supremely hydrating lunch. This is much better than a grab and go turkey wrap, microwavable soup or frozen diet entrée. It’s also much more delicious!
These tips have worked wonders for me and my clients. I hope that this proves to provide you with some excellent hydration tricks to put in your healthy toolbox.