As this month’s intention comes to an end, I can tell you that hydration has become a habit that I actually enjoy because it makes me feel so much better. I have absolutely no digestive issues; and as someone who eats a lot of vegetables and beans throughout the day, this is a huge celebration, my joints feel good – even after my 9 mile run this weekend (my knees did not hurt). I confess- drinking water in the morning has become an essential part of my morning routine along with drinking 8-10 oz before every meal. I now have 2 water jugs in my fridge at all times, one carries my sliced lemons and the other is plain filtered water.
in a previous post, I stated that 75% of people suffer from chronic dehydration. Signs that you may be dehydrated…
Your urine is dark– when you are hydrated your urine is either clear or khaki colored, but remember some medications and foods can affect the color – Watch out for beets!!!!
Constipation– Water is very important for digestion and dehydration is the #1 cause for constipation (and kidney stones). Yes, there are a lot of factors that can cause constipation (travel, foods, health conditions or medications) but if you are hydrated then your stool should be loose and predictable.
Dry mouth- This is one of the first signs of dehydration.
Headaches– When you are dehydrated your brain can actually shrink which causes the headache
Fatigue– When your body is dehydrated your muscles get fatigued
So, when your mother says, ‘ drink water’ as an answer your problems- she was probably right
This past few weeks, I have been focused on eating my water by mixing a couple of smoothies before work to drink when I am starting to recognize some of these signs throughout my day.
2 of my favorite smoothie recipes not only taste great they also
and are Quick to make
1c filtered water
1c frozen mango
1 medium frozen banana (once my bananas start to get bruised, I peel the skin and add them to a ziplock bag in the freezer for JUST this occasion)
2c chopped celery
1 handful of parsley (you can replace the parsley or cilantro)
Spinach Meets Cinnamon
1 1/3c almond or coconut milk
1-2 stalks celery
1 handful spinach
2 pitted dates or 1TBSP date syrup
1 frozen banana
1/2 tsp cinnamon (you can add cardamom for a chai flavor)
- add a scoop of protein powder if you prefer this as a meal replacement
optimum hydration starts with you and just a few changes: drink 8 oz of your salted citrus water as soon as you wake up, drink 8-10 oz of water before every meal, eat your water, add chia seeds to slow down the process of water leaving your body and ADD smoothies.
Sometimes intentions can be scary because we are always worried about what we are missing out on, but what if we don’t try and we miss out on so much more- Next month begins my very scary intention of sobriety. I am focused on the following books to keep me mindful and smart about the next 30 days. Please join me on my journey.
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