Summer is fast approaching, and as we begin to SWEAT more, we need to be replenishing that sweat and WATER lost by drinking MORE water! Sounds simple, huh?
But did you know that staying hydrated is more than just about drinking water?
It’s also important to maintain a proper balance of electrolytes. Mineral levels of sodium, potassium, chloride, calcium, magnesium, and other trace minerals are important to keep in mind when trying to maintain a balanced level of hydration in your body, and they can be thrown all wickity wack if we are either under or over- hydrated. This imbalance can actually manifest itself as sleep problems, anxiety, or CRAVINGS. Yes, those wackadoo cravings may actually be a sign that you are dehydrated. Oftentimes people who are dehydrated tend to gravitate toward salty or sugary foods.
Also important in staying hydrated in to give your adrenal glands some love! A hug and a kiss may just not suffice in this instance. Your adrenal glands secrete a hormone called aldosterone that regulates both your mineral and water levels in the body. Our adrenal glands are weakened with stress, so the more stressful your life, the more you may actually need to drink water.
Well now what? Try out these tips and get hydr-ADE-d with this recipe below!
1) Drink about half your body weight in ounces of water, so if you weigh 150lbs, you should drink about 75 ounces of water, if you weigh 120lbs, drink 60 ounces of water, if you weigh 20lbs, you may be a puppy dog who has learned how to read. Well done, you crazy pup.
2) Try not to drink too much water during meals. Your body is charged with the task of digestion during meals and an integral part of that process is the hydrochloric acid in your stomach. When you drink water during a meal, you run the risk of diluting your hydrochloric acid and inhibiting your digestion.
3) Drink slowly throughout the day to allow your body to adapt and balance out its minerals. A balanced level of hydration means a more balanced, level-headed you.
4) Drink Jennie-ADE! (yes, I ever-so graciously named it after myself): This stuff is delicious, easy to make, and full of electrolytes. It’s more fun than drinking water and will surely keep you hydrated, my little chickadee. To those looking to alkalize, this is a super alkalizer, and GREAT for your voice *cough, cough* you singers and actors. This is also a great recovery formula for after a night of drinking or after a strenuous workout. So drink up, Arnold.
1/3 cup lemon juice
¼ cup raw honey
¼ tsp salt (Himalayan salt is best)
¼ tsp baking soda (avoid arm & hammer, and try for a more natural brand)
4 cups water
Mix together and drink up! Yum yum!