The minute you are thirsty, you are already dehydrated. You lose water each day when you sweat, go to the bathroom, when the temperature changes, are physically active, have a fever or illness, and even when you breathe. Anybody who does high-intensity training, hot yoga or loves their alcohol will be a lot more susceptible to dehydration. If you're having a hard time staying focused, you need to drink water. If you’re feeling confused and forgetful, try drinking more, because dehydration can trigger brain fog.
Your body is made up of around 70% water, which is involved in every bodily function. If you lack water, then your body will try to get moisture from any liquid source in your system. When you properly hydrate, your kidneys help to regulate and excrete excess fluid, ensuring that your body is in balance. Water also helps to deliver nutrients to your cells; these nutrients are important for everyday physiological processes, but they also help keep nails strong and hair shiny.
Many people live their lives slightly dehydrated without ever realizing it. This can have long-term effects on your hair and skin but also on your overall health. You can use all the lotions and potions in the world, but even these will fall short if you are not properly hydrated. Eating a good varied whole foods natural diet, getting enough exercise, taking in lots of fresh air, and drinking plenty of pure water are key. You are beautiful and worthy of all goodness!
Here are four ways to boost your water intake:
1. Aim to drink at least two to three liters of water a day, especially if you drink caffeine! Keep a bottle of water with you and drink your liquids throughout your day but not during meals.
2. If you find water super boring, try adding a fruit, herbs or spices in there, freshen it up with some mint, or get your digestion going with a little lemon. Don't be afraid to experiment; flavor it up!
3. Ditch the plastic. It's bad for the environment, but it's also bad for your health as it leaches nasty chemicals into your water that can mess up your hormones. Go for water in a box or glass-bottled water.
4. If you're super dehydrated and work out or sweat a lot, try a natural electrolyte—add a quarter teaspoon of pink Himalayan salt to 1.5 liters of water is also a great way to add in some extra natural minerals.
Beautiful berry water
Chop 1/2 a cup full of:
- mint (optional)
- Avoid any fruit that’s bruised or overly ripe, or herbs that don’t look fresh.
- Add the fruit, herbs, spices or whatever you want to use into a bottle of cool water.
- Let the water sit for a few hours to allow the flavors to infuse. The longer it sits, the more flavorful the water will be—berries take a few hours and will also release color into the water.
- Pour a glass and enjoy! You can refill the water a few times and let it infuse again, but the flavors won’t be as pronounced.
Berries are rich in antioxidants—great for the skin, hair, and cells, and mint can help cool the body down as well as flavor, so you're also giving your body a great extra boost!