5 simple strategies to keep you hydrated and bulletproof your health!

5 simple strategies to keep you hydrated and bulletproof your health! #hydration #healthThere are times when our bodies can become dehydrated. It can be as simple as not drinking enough water on a hot day, working out too much, being sick and having a fever, or having the stomach flu and more.

Water is an important element for our health. If the water levels go down beyond a certain point, we can face a lot of health problems from losing focus, fainting or even our kidneys shutting down which also means we can die.

In this article, I wish to share a few simple strategies and some of my favorite recipes that will keep you hydrated in times of need.

Simple workout rehydration strategy

An awesome tip from coach Mike Mahler: adding a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar to your water. Just put it in your workout bottle and have small sips during your workout.

The acidity in the apple cider vinegar will help you remove toxins faster, will rehydrate you better and help you replenish electrolytes.

If you don’t like the taste of apple cider vinegar, you can start with half a tablespoon and work up to 1 tablespoon over time.

Also, look for raw, organic, apple cider vinegar so that you can get all the benefits.

Simple Oral Rehydration Solution for emergency #1

This can come in handy especially when you have diarrhea or have lost a lot of water (like sweating during sickness), as you will be losing precious electrolytes. This is the time when you will need to have a sports drink that contains electrolytes. The problem with those isotonic sports drinks is that they contain a ton of artificial sweeteners and colors (which are toxic and cause cancer), 3 types of sugar and white table salt.

On top of that, they can be pricey and most important of all, you don’t have them when you really need them. So let’s see a cheaper and more healthy homemade ORS (oral rehydration solution) that works wonders.

Ingredients:

  • ½ teaspoon sea salt or Himalayan salt,
  • 1 liter or 4 cups of water,
  • 1 big tablespoon of date syrup or maple syrup (grade A) or raw organic honey.

Mix all these together until they are dissolved and drink throughout the day.
The mix contains sodium (from salt) and other minerals (such as potassium and zinc) that will replenish your electrolytes and restore your hydration.

Simple Oral Rehydration Solution for emergency #2

Here is another simple ORS, this time based on lemon juice.

Ingredients:

  • 2 pinches of sea salt or Himalayan salt,
  • 2 cups of water,
  • 1 lemon,
  • 1 teaspoon of raw organic honey. (optional)

Squeeze out the juice of the lemons  into the water and add the salt. Additionally, you can enhance the mix by adding some honey.

Mix all these together until they are dissolved and drink throughout the day.

Eat Yogurt

Yogurt contains electrolytes and water and is a great strategy for replenishing your hydration. There a couple of different ways to consume it for optimum results:

  1. Eat a few tablespoons of plain Greek yogurt throughout the day.
  2. Boil some basmati or jasmine rice and add some Greek yogurt and salt. 1 tablespoon of yogurt per 2 tablespoons of rice. This is great for cases of stomach flu and diarrhea as well.
  3. Add a tablespoon of raw organic honey and a pinch of salt to your yogurt for a complete ORS alternative.

Drink Coconut water

This is a more extravagant solution since most homes do not have coconuts in their backyard. This needs to be planned for and is not exactly a homemade solution.

Still, coconut water contains a lot of electrolytes and can replenish hydration much faster than normal water.

Another great added benefit, is that coconut water can be absorbed faster by your cells, making it great for fast rehydration.

These simple strategies will allow you to keep you hydrated (or rehydrate you as soon as possible) in times of illness, during high temperatures or other circumstances that require hydration.

Did you ever get dehydrated? How and when did it happen? Do you have your own hydration strategies or tips? Let me know by leaving a comment below.

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by Nick Sigma
CWC, EH, E-YRT200

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