It has been abnormally COLD in Los Angeles. As I was driving to teach an early morning yoga session it was so cold that I had the heat on blast. And by the time I drove to the session and then all the way back home, my skin was so tight and dry that I had to put lotion on my face as soon as I got home.
It got me thinking about hydration. There are so many things that steal our water all day long - even something as simple as the heat blasting in the car - and while hydration is a popular topic in the summer, it doesn't get a lot of attention in the winter. But that needs to change because the possibility of dehydration is just as high and just as important!
It's a year-round conversation that effects your health. Staying hydrated is one of the easiest, most important things you can do for your body. But over 70 percent of us are walking around dehydrated A L L D A Y L O N G!
You know how we always talk about being hydrated if our lips are dry or we are thristy? It turns out that is your lips are dry and you're thirsty, you're already dehydrated - and you've been that was for hours! It's important to be drinking consistently throughout the day to prevent dehydration because a woman on a mission does not have time to be slowed down! Dehydration causes you to feel brain fog, sluggish, and your energy plummets.
Drinking enough water helps you think clearer, stay energized, be in a better mood, prevent disease, and lose weight.
Interestingly enough, science says about 20 percent of the water intake we need comes from food, so you can try one of these 8 hydrating superstars!
FOODS THAT KEEP YOU HYDRATED
Cucumbers: 95 percent water and lots of calcium, magnesium, sodium and potassium
Bell Peppers: 92 percent water and vitamin C.
Celery: 96 percent water and gives your body a boost of sodium, potassium, magnesium, calcium, phosphorus, iron and zinc.
Watermelon: 95 percent water, plus lots of extra vitamin C.
Iceberg lettuce: 96 percent. Iceberg gets a bad rap for not being nutritious, but it does have plenty of water and Vitamin K!
Tomatoes: 94 percent and high in lycopene (lowers the risk of heart disease!)
Strawberries: 92 percent water and rich in potassium.
Cantaloupe: 90 percent, and 1 cup has 120 percent of your daily Vitamin A needs.
Fresh, whole foods can be your allies to stay hydrated. All of these make GREAT snacks to keep you hydrated throughout the day and they come with added nutrients for your body. Broths and most fruits also have over 70% water in them so drink up, err, eat up! If you need more help in staying hydrated, then check out our FREE hydration worksheet!
What questions do YOU have about nutrition? Let us know in the comments and we might make our next blog post about it!