As the weather starts to warm up and daylight lengthens, it’s so nice to open up the windows and clear out the stale winter air. Out with the old…in with the new. This time of the year not only brings more energy for some spring cleaning around the house but it’s also a great time to refresh our bodies and minds. And proper hydration is the key to refreshing both of those.
Research based on a study published in the Journal of Nutrition, suggests that even the slightest cases of dehydration can negatively impact your mood, cognition, concentration, causing irritability and fatigue. Dehydration affects all of us. Staying properly hydrated is just as important for the avid exerciser as it is for the desk jockey.
Individual needs vary depending on age, climate, activity level and health status. The Institute of Medicine (IOM) suggests an adequate fluid intake of roughly 3 liters (about 13 cups) per day for men and 2.2 liters (about 9 cups) per day for women.
Considering that your body is about 60% water, if you lose even just 1.5 percent of that, you’ll feel the effects in your mood, energy and cognition. It’s important to note that our thirst sensation doesn’t really appear until we’re already dehydrated (about 1-2%) by then dehydration is already setting in and negatively affecting our body and mind’s ability to perform.
You can stay hydrated with more than just water. Just steer clear of caffeinated and alcoholic drinks when you can. Caffeine and alcohol both counteract the benefits of water by drying out the body. Trick your taste buds into drinking as much water as possible. Give these tips a try:
1.Infuse Water- Spruce up your water with the fresh flavors of: lemon, lime, mandarin oranges, berries, cucumber, and even herbs like mint and rosemary. Lemon water first thing in the morning also helps to prepare your digestive system and help alkalize the body.
2.Drink Tea- Have a cup of herbal decaf or rooibos tea. Rooibos tea (pronounced roy-boss) is not only naturally caffeine free, it contains even more antioxidants than green and white tea.
3.Eat Water-Rich Foods- Hydrate without even drinking any water. Simply choose water-rich foods like watermelon (which is also jam packed with vitamin C & A), cantaloupe, peaches, strawberries, broccoli, tomatoes, and cucumbers to boost your hydration.
4.Juice- Juicing is an excellent way to give the body the hydration it needs. Cold-pressed juices help cleanse the toxins from your body and keep a healthy balance. They also provide hyper-usable nutrients and mega hydration to your entire body and its organs.
Refresh Your Mind, Body and Soul
Along with hydration, here are a few other simple things you can do to help balance your mind, body and soul this spring:
1.Meditate- Start each day with a few deep breathes to quiet the mind.
2.Exude Positive Vibes- Do more of what you love and turn up that smile! Practice letting go; forgiveness allows you to let go of negative feelings and return to a higher vibe.
3.Express Gratitude- Take a moment to stop and think about the things you’re grateful for each day. Try starting a gratitude journal to re-center yourself daily. It can help change your mood immediately!
4.Sleep- Regenerate your body with the sleep it needs; it will thank you in the morning!
5.Eat Green- Get your vitamins and minerals from dark leafy greens; they’ll help to alkalize and energize your body, too!
6.Exercise- Yoga, running, walking, or CrossFit; find an exercise that you enjoy and do it regularly.
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