When we find ourselves constipated, it generally means that our colon is dehydrated. If we don't have enough water in our body, the large intestine soaks it up from the food waste, leaving our stool hard and difficult to pass.
Drinking more fluids to re-hydrate is therefore paramount and staying hydrated is key.
However, drinking lots of water and being well hydrated often don’t equal to the same thing…. proper hydration needs the help of appropriate proportion of electrolytes, as they play a significant role in regulating our body’s water balance.
Electrolytes are molecules of important minerals - sodium, calcium, magnesium chloride, potassium, hydrogen phosphate and bicarbonate - and when dissolved in fluids, form electrolytes. These are the positive or negative ions needed for our metabolic processes, and essential for proper functioning of other processes like digestion, and our nervous system that our muscular system and all organs depend on. Electrolytes also help maintain our body’s PH balance, keeping us hydrated.
To re-hydrate sufficiently and maintain that balance, start your day with a very large glass of 'Lemon Refresher' (recipe below), and throughout the day, enjoy adding fruits, vegetables and herbs to your drinking water, such as lemon, lime, cucumber, strawberries, pineapple, and mint.
Here are two simple and easy electrolyte drinks to add to your fluid intake:
To a glass of water, add a squeeze of fresh lemon juice, a slice of lemon with the pith and skin, a pinch of pink Himalayan salt, and a couple of slices of cucumber. Stir well and enjoy! You can also add a little raw honey and a sprig of mint for a truly delicious refreshing drink.
It is generally recommended to drink between 6-8 glasses of water per day, however, the amount depends on so many factors, such as the seasons, level of physical activity and your body mass, so the best guideline is as long as you are drinking water when you feel thirsty and include plenty of water-rich and electrolyte-rich foods to your diet, you will remain hydrated and keep constipation at bay.
Electrolytes-rich and hydrating foods: cucumbers, lettuce, celery, tomatoes, bell peppers, avocados, courgettes, watermelon, cantaloupe, bananas, strawberries, peaches, grapefruits and more....