Water is a miraculous substance essential for life. Nothing can satisfy our thirst in the way a plain, cool glass of water can. Making up approximately 60-70% of body weight, some functions of water in the human body involve cell structure, temperature regulation, electrolyte balance maintenance, nerve and muscle function, and blood sugar regulation.
A few key functions of water and why adequate hydration is important:
How to stay hydrated
1. Herbal teas
Many people say they do not enjoy the taste of herbal teas but the variety of flavours are endless. It is a matter of finding which herbs are to your personal liking and experimenting with varying straining times. Straining for more than 5 minutes can often lead to bitter tasting teas, whereas beginning with 2 to 3 minutes of straining will bring a lighter but still fragrant smell and taste. Beneficial and easily accessible herbal teas include chamomile, peppermint, echinacea, rose and ginger.
2. Eat your water
Many common fruits and vegetables have a high electrolyte and water content:
Aim to enjoy around 2 portions of fruits and 4 portions of vegetables per day.
Electrolytes are minerals (sodium, magnesium, potassium, chloride and calcium) necessary for electrical conduction in nerve and muscle movement, maintaining extracellular fluid volume, energy metabolism, and hormone and neurotransmitter secretion.
Using whole, high water content fruits in smoothies make delicious, satiating and hydrating breakfasts or afternoon treats. Smoothie-friendly fruits and green leafy vegetables such as apples, pears, berries, bananas, spinach and romaine lettuce, add fibre, antioxidants and of course, great flavour and texture. Blending with a minimum of 250ml of water also guarantees additional hydration.
Green smoothie recipe:
✺ 250ml / 1 cup of filtered water
✺ cube of frozen spinach / ~27g of fresh spinach
✺ small, unwaxed apple
✺ small pear
✺ ~7 inch celery stalk
✺ small, frozen banana
✺ 1 tsp of @adunaworld moringa powder
✺ 1 tbsp of chopped parsley
✺ blend the spinach and water first
✺ once blended, add the pear, apple + celery, blend
✺ lastly, add in the banana, moringa powder + parsley
✺ enjoy the green goodness immediately
Chocolate peanut butter protein smoothie:
Disclaimer: This information does not constitute as medical advice. Consult your doctor or healthcare provider for advice regarding any medical condition. Do not attempt to self-diagnose or treat medical conditions based on this information.