Tis the season for ensuring proper hydration. The earliest signs of dehydration are fatigue and lack of energy. If you are feeling thirsty, you are already behind. Your body is not getting the amount of water it is required for optimal performance. Our bodies require a substantial amount of water to function properly, so not replenishing it appropriately can immediately impact your metabolism and your energy.
Check out the following tips to stay hydrated and maintain your energy levels.
Try to drink 10-12 glasses of water a day.
Avoid heavily sweetened or caffeinated beverages as much as possible, because they can actually have the opposite effect.
If you are having trouble drinking that much water, try adding fruit or lemon juice to it, or try eating more fruits and vegetables with high water content.
If you work out regularly, you may want to substitute water with a drink that helps replace the electrolytes your body is sweating out. FORGET THE SPORTS DRINKS, they are loaded with high fructose corn syrup and additives
Try coconut water or water naturally flavored with lemon and raw un-pasteurized honey.
Let me explain a bit about coconut water. Many people forget about, or do not even consider coconut water. This is a FABULOUS way to hydrate and nurture your body. Coconut water is an isotonic drink packed with electrolytes and potassium. It is ideal for proper rehydration and has great antiviral properties. It also contains kinetin, which aids in keeping the coconut “young” and fresh despite its constant exposure to the sun; it will have the same effect on your body!
By using these tips, you will be sure to beat the summer heat and stay hydrated!! Oh—and, this doesn’t just go for you momma, this also goes for your little people as well.