Proper Hydration is Essential for Summer14.06.2022
It’s always frustrating to be a child and find out that your mother was right. You were always advised by your mother to drink more water. You rolled your eyes. You can’t possibly heal all your woes with water! It can be pretty close at times.
As adults, we try to drink 8 glasses of water per day in the heat of summer. But, read on to learn more about how to teach your mama that proper nutrition is much more than just 8 glasses per day.
1. Think outside of the box.
We live in dry environments and eat moisture-deficient foods, then we rely on water to replenish what is left.
Instead, try to eat more water-dense foods like cucumber (95% water!) Also, lettuce (90% water!), watermelon (no explanation required there), peaches, and apples.
Magnesium-rich foods are great because they provide essential electrolytes for effective hydration. Magnesium-rich foods include leafy greens like pumpkin seeds, raw cacao and almonds.
2. Electrolytes are your friend.
As we start to sweat more, our non-aluminum deodorant is going to be tested. All that sweat isn’t just water loss, but also electrolytes like sodium. Yes, sodium is important for your body’s regulation, even though we should not consume too much.
Mixing electrolytes and water can speed up your rehydration. Even a pinch of salt works well (sorry for the pun).
3. Get to know and love gel water.
Did you know water actually has a fourth phase! Liquid, ice, vapor, and…gel! You might be skeptical if you look at what happens when you soak chia seed and it forms a viscous pudding, or when you cut open the interior of a cactus. This is water in gel form and it can be found in many fruits and vegetables.
Because of its higher electrical charges, gel water is more hydrating that plain water. This helps the body to not only retain more water but also work more efficiently. Gel water is also more easily absorbed by cells from plants. It’s denser so it’s less likely to leak from damaged or aging cells. Some studies have even suggested that liquid hydration alone does not suffice. We all need more gel water!
4. Get moving.
Everyone knows about the benefits of dry brushing and lymphatic drainage. However, a massage can also help us stay hydrated. Our fascia holds water, so you don’t feel thirsty.
This can be achieved by focusing on our posture throughout the day and doing small stretches throughout every day.
5. Avoid certain liquids while dehydrated.
While sugary and carbohydrate-rich drinks, such as soda, fruit juice and beer, may temporarily quench your thirst, they will only dehydrate you over the long term. You will wake up thirsty in the middle of the night and be drinking water from the glass on your nightstand.
6. Hydration is the first step in skincare.
While you can use any cream, balm, or serum that is exposed to the sun, the best results are only possible if your skin is properly hydrated. Get out there and enjoy!