For optimal overall health, staying hydrated is key, so drinking enough fluids and consuming hydrating fruits and vegetables is paramount.
However, drinking lots of water and being well hydrated often don’t equal to the same thing…. proper hydration needs not only enough water, but 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, all organs and glands down to the cellular level depend on. Electrolytes also help maintain our body’s PH balance.
To hydrate sufficiently and maintain that balance, start your day with a very large glass of 'Lemon Refresher':
To a glass of water, add a squeeze of fresh lemon juice, a slice of lemon, a pinch of pink Himalayan salt, and a couple of slices of cucumber. Stir well and enjoy! You can also adda little raw honey and a sprig of mint for a truly delicious refreshing drink.
Throughout the day, enjoy adding fruits, vegetables and herbs to your drinking water, such as lemon, lime, cucumber, strawberries, pineapple, and mint. Drink a glass of this electrolyte rich water before meals as well.
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.
Electrolytes-rich and hydrating foods: cucumbers, lettuce, spinach, celery, carrots, tomatoes, bell peppers, avocados, courgettes, beetroot, apples, watermelon, cantaloupe, bananas, strawberries, peaches, plums, apricots, oranges, grapefruits and more....
Adding a green smoothie or freshly pressed juice to your day will not only contribute to keeping your body well hydrated throughout the day but help to absorb the rich nutrients.
Enjoy creating delicious smoothies and freshly pressed juices from a wide variety of fresh fruits and vegetables, adding unsweetened coconut water for extra electrolytes.