4 Tips For Healthier Hydration
Drink Cold Water
Stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water. With approximately 70 percent of your body, 75 percent of your brain, and 80 percent of your blood consisting of this essential element, it’s no wonder why water should be your main beverage of choice.
Drinking water helps eliminate waste, flush out toxins, control body temperature, boost brain functioning, support a healthy body composition, and maintain many more vital bodily functions. Not only does water support your health, but it also prevents you from drinking processed beverages high in refined sugars, artificial sweeteners, and other toxic ingredients.
Jumpstart your hydration for the day by drinking a large glass of water every morning and pack a BPA-free bottle to refill throughout the day. Water doesn’t have to be boring. Add a burst of flavor to plain H2O with zesty citrus wedges, cooling cucumber slices, spicy grated ginger or refreshing frozen berries.
Strive to drink a minimum of half your body weight in ounces of water daily. For example, if you weigh 150 pounds, then drink about 75 ounces or 9 cups of water daily. You can also check your urine color as an indicator of hydration. If your urine is dark yellow, drink more water. If it’s clear or light yellow, then you’re staying hydrated. Symptoms of dehydration include: increased thirst, dry mouth, fatigue, headaches, dizziness or lightheadedness, poor concentration, muscle cramps, back pain, joint pain, constipation, and dry skin.
Strive to drink a minimum of half your body weight in ounces of water daily.
Replenish Electrolytes Naturally
If you spend a lot of time being active, live in a warm climate, or just sweat a lot, it’s a good idea to replenish your electrolytes with an electrolyte enhanced drink that contains zero sugars and artificial ingredients, such as SmartWater. You can also make your own low-sugar Cooling Coconut Electrolyte Beverage by combining the following ingredients and enjoying over ice: 3 cups water, 1 cup plain coconut water, 1 cup 100 percent cherry/berry juice, 1 teaspoon unrefined sea salt and stevia (optional).
Another option for replacing electrolytes is coconut water. Unlike most high fructose corn syrup sweetened sports drinks, coconut water contains naturally occurring sugar. Depending on the brand, coconut water can have 15 times the electrolytes found in sports drinks! Select coconut water with the least amount of ingredients and the lowest sugar content.
Sweeten With Stevia
Perfect for packing in your pocket, purse or golf bag, 100 percent pure stevia is an excellent sugar substitute that tastes great in beverages, yogurt and other dishes where sweetness is desired. This all natural herb contains zero sugar, carbs, calories or toxic ingredients. Grocery stores sell it in “health food” section in the form of liquid, powder or packets. Liquid stevia comes in a variety of flavors such as, Berry, Orange, Lemon, Root Beer, Vanilla, Chocolate, Grape, Hazelnut, and English Toffee. Depending on the form, stevia can be 30-100 times sweeter than table sugar, so use it sparingly and mix thoroughly.
Switch to Zevia
Although water is the optimal choice of hydration for the body, many people seek sweeter beverages like soda. Save the soda for after you’ve properly hydrated with water. Then you can satisfy those carbonation cravings by adding flavored stevia to fizzy water or with Zevia. Unlike other sodas, Zevia contains zero sugar, calories, and artificial ingredients. Zevia comes in a wide variety of flavors including: Black Cherry, Cola, Cream Soda, Dr. Zevia, Ginger Ale, Ginger Root Beer, Grape, Lemon Lime Twist, Mountain Zevia, Orange and more.
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