Celebrate National Hydration Day With A Mug Of This
Bet you thought I was celebrating with a mug of beer..
I'm celebrating National Hydration Day with a mug of alkaline water (a.k.a. water with fresh lemon).
If you are enjoying the sunshine like I am on this beautiful Summer Solstice weekend. I hope you will join me in celebrating National Hydration Day and stay hydrated, too.
How much water do you need?
My hydration rule of thumb is to drink 50% of your weight in ounces of filtered water every day. For example, if you weigh 150 pounds, then you would need AT LEAST 75 ounces of water per day.
And, that’s just the baseline hydration recommendation.
Your body needs more water when you are:
- In hot climate like me (note: I live near Palm Springs, CA which is the hottest place in the U.S. so I REALLY understand the need to stay hydrated)
- More physically active (note: as a wellness warrior, hopefully that’s you!)
- Running a fever
- Have loose bowels or can’t keep food down
If you are not sure if you are drinking enough water, check your lips. If they are dry or chapped, then that’s your signal that you are de-hydrated and not drinking enough water.
Still not sure whether you are drinking enough water? Check out the Cleveland Clinic’s hydration infographic to get more information on how much water you need.
10 Ways to Stay Hydrated This Summer
If you think you are not getting enough water, these tips may help:
- Start your day with water: First thing in the morning, start your day by re-hydrating since your body is the MOST de-hydrated after sleeping. It’s a great way to gently wake up your digestive system and to re-hydrate your cells. Personally, I drink 12 ounces of ROOM-TERMPARTURE filtered water from my Berkey water filter. In addition, I add some freshly squeezed lemon or lime to balance the Ph levels in my body plus a touch of Himalayan sea salt to aid absorption. Keep in mind that your body needs high-quality mineral salt when you drink a lot of water.
- Carry a re-usable water bottle: I never live the house without my re-usable Contigo GLASS water bottle. It’s a great way to lower my eco-foot print, and it’s also a great reminder to keep on sipping throughout the day.
- Drink before you are thirsty: most people are so busy that they often don’t even realize that they are thirsty. Yet, once your body signals thirst, it means you are already dehydrated. Do yourself a favor, drink beforethirst strike. Make it a habit to sip on water every hour.
- Set up an alarm: if you get super forgetful, setting up a water reminder on your phone or desktop can be a great way to install new healthy habits (and a great excuse to get up and move for a 5 min break while you’re at it).
- Flavor your water: if water isn’t your thing, because it is “tasteless”, why not make it flavorful by adding a few frozen berries, lemons, limes, herbs such as mint or basil or a combination? Try it and see what a difference it makes. Have fun coming up with different combos using fresh seasonal fruits and herbs.
- Avoid salty snacks: another great way to avoid dehydration this summer is by saying no to super salty snacks and processed foods, which are often loaded with sodium and added sugars (both of which causing dehydration). Instead, focus on real whole foods and make sure you use sea salt or Himalayan Pink salt to maintain a healthy internal minerals/electrolytes balance.
- Eat hydrating foods: you don’t always have to drink water to stay hydrated. You can also eat your way to hydrating with foods such as: cucumbers, watermelon, celery, leafy greens, avocados, cantaloupe, coconut, aloe vera, tomatoes, …
- Boost your hydration with chia seeds: by adding 1 to 2 tbsp of chia seeds to your water or juices/smoothies this summer, you can help boost your body’s hydration levels. Indeed, chia seeds are great at absorbing water and then slowly releasing it into your body once ingested.
- Have some coconut or watermelon: Both contain many nutrients and lots of water, which helps to restore your body’s internal electrolytes and minerals balance.
- Take care of your gut: not only do healthy bacteria help you properly digest your food and absorb nutrients, they also help you stay hydrated. Make sure you either eat some probiotic foods at every meal (sauerkraut, kimchi, miso, other fermented veggies…) or that you are taking a good probiotic supplement.
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