Want to perform better? Recover faster? Have more energy? Improve the appearance of your skin? Boost your immune system? Be in a better mood? HYDRATE!
Over 70% of your body (and your brain) is composed of water - think about that. No, really think about it. That said, how can your body perform at it's best if you are not giving it what it needs most - WATER!
Water is critical for optimal daily function - performance, digestion, regularity (you know what we are talking about), cognitive function, mood, etc. It is so imperative to maintain proper water balance - think of your body as a vehicle and water is the fuel. You need to replenish what you burn or you will run out of gas.
Water intake needs vary from person to person. It is important to listen to your body and find what works best for you. Some people take the amount they weigh in pounds and divide it by 2 to determine the number of ounces they should drink, so a person who is 200 lbs should consume roughly 100 oz of water. This may be TMI, but you can also gauge hydration by the color of your pee - you are looking for it to come out clear.
Here are some ways I stay hydrated - especially in the hot summer months and/or while in a heavy training cycle:
Start hydrating early in the day and set reminders to drink often.
Drink water while exercising - we make sure to always bring a water bottle to the gym and wear a hydration pack/belt for long runs.
Incorporate hydrating foods into our diet, such as: cucumbers, lettuce, spinach, celery, radishes, tomatoes, green peppers, cauliflower, broccoli, carrots, melons, citrus and berries. Note: we also like to add any of these items to our water to spice it up when we need a flavor enhancer - our favs are combinations of cucumbers, melons, berries and citrus.
Add some chia seeds to shakes, smoothies, salads, etc. I also love noshing on Health Warrior chia bars (head over to the discount section for 15% off you order)! Because chia seeds can absorb 30 times their weight in water, they help regulate body fluid levels and retain electrolytes.
Organic coconut water is a great treat if you need to switch it up, plus it does contain natural electrolytes, is low calories and is rich in potassium.
Clean electrolyte supplements - we are all about clean products, so we avoid all sports drinks with chemicals. I am really loving on Nuun electrolyte tabs and powders.
Limit alcohol consumption and make sure to drink water - we try to drink 1-2 cups per alcoholic beverage.
Listen to your body!