Hydration is a topic that most people assume they know about – I mean, if you ask most people how much water they should be drinking on a daily basis, they’ll usually say oh about 8 glasses. But if you ask them next, how much they’ve actually had since morning, most people will answer that they’ve only had a glass or two all day.
Hydration is something that affects our bodies down to a cellular level, water makes up 70% of our entire body so being dehydrated affects pretty much all organs of the body... most people only take notice when their largest organ, their skin, gets affected. But it has effects on everything from our energy levels, brain clarity, metabolism, pretty much all functions of our body.
So we decided to read more into this and brought you some basic ways that YOU can up your hydration game..
- Carry a 1.5 or 2 litre BPA free bottle with you at all times. Choose a bottle who’s design you like, and commit to carrying it around with you. It’ll help you start to track your water intake. We recommend drinking two of these bottles, so at mid-day, you can check and see if youre on track with your water consumption
- Mix up your water. Detox water is all the rage, and it’s super simple to make.. simply steep a fruit of vegetable (we like citrusy ones!) in a jug or bottle of water, and in a couple of hours, the water will get infused with the flavor. It makes for a prettier, tastier drink, especially for people who don’t like the taste of regular water.
- Take a note out of Jennifer Lawrence’s notebook. I read an interview of hers a while ago, where she spoke about how her personal trainer had her drinking FOUR different types of water – plain water, lemon water, coconut water and salt water… ermm, what?!! Isn’t water just water? Apparantly not. So we looked up the benefits of all these different types of waters, and hey. Maybe J-Law and her trainer have got it right after all..
- Lemon water – Aids digestion and detoxification, the vitamin C in lemon can also help boost immunity, as well as aid collagen production to keep skin glowing and wrinkle free.
- Coconut Water – One of the primary nutrients in Coconut water is potassium, making it a high electrolyte drink. Electrolytes are critical to maintaining blood volume as well as heart health and maintaining electrolyte balance helps reduce fatigue, stress and promotes muscle relaxation. Whatsmore, coconut water is also great for the skin!
- Salt water – Also known as sole water(pronounced Solay) is essentially water that has been fully saturated with a NATURAL salt. The minerals in Sole make it useful in the natural detoxification that the body already does. Sole is naturally anti-bacterial and can help remove bad bacteria in the body. Sole is naturally full of minerals and alkalizing, so there is speculation that it is helpful with bone health, healthy veins, helps reduce muscle cramps and helps keep hair skin and nails healthy as well.
- Eat your water. Fruits and vegetables are a great source of hydration, some more than others. Some with especially high water content are cucumbers, watermelon, lettuce, and most summer fruits. They also all have their unique vitamin and mineral compositions which are beneficial for the body as well!
With summer approaching and the temperatures starting to soar, upping your hydration game is all the more important – your body and skin will thank you for it!