Importance of Staying Hydrated

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Drinking 7-8 glasses every day of pure water is optimal, but there are other ways too to get your H2O intake also.

1. Food That Has Water

If you are adequately hydrated it helps keep your metabolism running at its optimal level. Eating foods that contain a lot of water will help get you there. Fruits, vegetables, soups, and grains have a high water content, particularly lettuce, broccoli, grapefruit, carrot, apple, spaghetti (cooked), watermelon, and celery.

Produce that is also rich in potassium, helps restore and maintain electrolyte balance, thereby preventing dehydration. To make sure you get enough potassium in your diet, eat plenty of cucumbers, bananas, fennel, shelled edamame, and cooked garbanzo beans.

2. Pre-Hydrate

Did you know if you feel thirsty, than you are already dehydrated?

If you’re heading to yoga class, especially a super sweaty hot yoga class, make sure you drink up before you arrive. Hydrating before yoga is essential to avoiding stiffness and cramping. But don’t down a bottle of water right before class begins, or else you may end up feeling bloated during practice. Instead, slowly sip 16 ounces of water during the hour before class.

3. Re-Hydrate

Rehydration is just as important as pre-hydration, especially if you’ve just completed a hot yoga class. Drinking at least 20 ounces of water after class to replace lost fluids will put you right back where you need to be.

Hydrate, Hydrate, Hydrate! I can’t stress that enough!

4. “Spike” Your Drink

I’ve never really understood people who say they HATE the way water tastes, because um hello, water doesn’t taste like anything! But hey, I get it. Especially when it comes to spring water. YUCK!

So if you must you can add fresh fruit such as strawberries, blueberries, blackberries or even cucumber and mint to give your water a refreshing taste!

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I have such a hard time drinking enough water. Help!

Find a bottle or cup or whatever you’re going to drink out of that works for you! I personally like to drink out of a reusable cup with a lid and straw. It’s convenient because I don’t constantly have to be taking a cap on and off ALL DAY. I pack it full of ice, top it off with water and GO! And because it is reusable, I can wash it and reduce the waste that goes into the landfill. Plus disposable straws are extremely bad for the environment and animals.

Don’t straws give you lip wrinkles!?

Yes, drinking through a straw causes people to purse their lips and can create wrinkles from the repetitive muscle motion. However, any repetitive movement can increase the risk of wrinkles. i.e. frowning, smiling, sipping hot drinks, pursing lips while talking. But everyone is different and it would depend on how often your muscles make those movements.

You know what helps combat wrinkles? Water! If your skin is dehydrated than it’s going to look leathery and have wrinkles.

So personally I think that if you are keeping your body hydrated enough, worrying about straw wrinkles should be the last thing on your mind.

Play Hard ♥ Love Big

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