BY: Rachel Grayling
You may feel proud of yourself for finally nailing that goal to drink 2000ml of water everyday, and we are too. However, it’s important to notice what else from your diet keeps you hydrated. Without a balance of plant foods, water alone can flush essential electrolytes and nutrients. No, this is not a green light to stop drinking water, LOL, keep reading.
Let’s get a couple things straight:
Plant foods are already purified and alkalizing. Remember this next time you are standing in the bottled water isle with 30 different selections in front of you: alkaline water, spring water, glacier water, water with added electrolytes, water with aloe, or coconut water. Buying bottled water—depleting resources and wasting money in the same action, might be counterproductive. If you really want to spruce up your water, try adding liquid chlorophyll. Chlorophyll is naturally present in green vegetables, so if you skip out on your daily greens, adding a splash is a good way around losing some of those vital nutrients.
Immobility attributes to dehydration by slowing down the water delivery to cells. The connective tissue of your body: your cells, muscles, and fascia need to be hydrated. Think about being a long flight where you have no choice but to be sedentary, breathe stale air, and—if you know what’s good for you—ask for at least four of those mini water bottles (if you didn’t bring your own). You’re going to leave the flight much less hydrated than before. Here are our go to’s for rapid hydration:
Skeptics will say that celery isn’t all that, but it kind of is. It’s 96 percent water, and delivers a hearty amount of sodium, magnesium, calcium, potassium, phosphorus, zinc and iron to our vitals. Dehydration is a direct cause of inflammation in the body and the antioxidant properties in celery reverse this.
Also around 90 percent water, carrots provide a healthy amount of fiber, beta carotene, biotin (!), and vitamin K, amongst other nutrients and minerals. As we know, everything in the body is interconnected, and dehydration creates a domino effect of issues. When you’re dehydrated, this slows our intestinal function often resulting in constipation. A raw carrot salad does just the opposite, stimulating the intestine and lowering excess estrogen that otherwise would inhibit your thyroid.
Consider this salad recipe an internal moisturizer:
- 1 cup of raw shaved carrots
- 1 tbsp of apple cider vinegar
- 1 tbsp coconut oil
- A pinch of Himalayan salt and a sprinkle of bee pollen
If you’ve run out of your beloved eye cream, cucumber will reduce puffiness just as well! We suggest adding cucumber to a salad or as opposed to laying slices on your eyes, so that you can reap the hydration benefits internally.
Very sexy (an aphrodisiac), seasonal to Spring, and the most versatile vegetable IMO. Asparagus is 93 percent water (key for hydration) and has a nutrient concentration of vitamins B, C, and E. It reminds me of the most sultry, brink of Summer afternoons, cooking outside and sipping wine. It pairs well with a chilled glass of your favorite pet nat, as it supports your liver by breaking down toxins.