Being well hydrated is not all about drinking water but also the foods you eat. Eating fresh, whole, raw, organic fruits and vegetables will help to keep your body hydrated and supply good levels of electrolytes. A high water content fruit or vegetable will provide your body with water in a pure and easily absorbed form.
What are electrolytes and best sources
Electrolytes are minerals that regulate or are involved in vast majority of processes and reactions in the body. Main electrolytes present in our bodies include minerals such as calcium, magnesium, sodium, chloride, potassium and bicarbonate. They are found in body fluids (blood, urine, sweat) and have key importance in nerve signal transmission outside and inside the cells.
Foods high in water and electrolytes include:
- Citrus fruits
- Fresh coconut juice which is naturally rich in electrolytes
Blend some fresh watermelon with a few cubes of ice and 1-2 mint leaves for a great summer drink. Herbal teas and soups or broths also count as part of the daily water intake.
Start your day on a high note by having a glass or two of warm or room temperature water first thing in the morning on an empty stomach. Add a good squeeze of lemon juice to wake up your digestion and cleanse the liver after sleep. Room temperature water is better if you’re dehydrated as the body can absorb it immediately instead of having to raise the temperature of the water first in order to process it.
Check out this article on why drinking more water is so important for your health and how to drink more water daily.
Homemade electrolyte drinks recipes
Add salt or Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV) to increase electrolyte levels
It’s helpful for most people (individuals with high blood pressure related to salt metabolism need to be careful) to add a small amount of good quality salt such as Celtic or Himalayan varieties or some ACV to the filtered water. Either of these will help keep the water in your body for longer and not simply flush it through.
ACV’s use in water as a hydrant goes back to ancient times. Have 1 tablespoon of ACV per litre of water. If adding salt, 1/8 teaspoon of Himalayan salt per litre of water is sufficient for most people.
Adding lemon juice will further enhance water’s bioavailability. Most people are deficient in electrolytes which regulate the hydration of the body as well as blood pH and are critical for nerve and muscle function.
Both ACV and salt will provide good amount of electrolytes. Having coconut water instead of plain water (or a mix of both) wi