How many sips a day do you take?
Are they contributing to your health, and sending love to your cells, or lending to its deterioration?
Liquids, especially consumed on an empty stomach, are like little IVs straight into your bloodstream.
Studies show that when a person starts to feel thirsty, they are in fact, already dehydrated. Without proper hydration, we can feel a deep drop in energy and clarity.
It is estimated that our essential organs, including the heart, lungs, liver and kidneys are each made up of 70-80% water. Water helps to flush waste through the system; it is necessary for digestion, the absorption and distribution of nutrients, cell reproduction, and the circulation of oxygen throughout the body. It is needed by the brain to manufacture hormones; it regulates the body’s temperature, and is an essential part of everyday function.
With the exception of pure drinking water, some vegetable juices, and herbal teas, most often our beverages of choice act more as diuretics and stimulants— dehydrating the body, and often accelerating the heart rate, impacting cortisol levels and hormones over time. Carbonated beverages create gas in the body, cause bloating, and slow digestion.
The end result— a lack of hydration.
So what does a lack of hydration really mean?
Feeling insatiable and thus overeating.
Nutrient deficiency due to an inability to distribute important water soluble vitamins.
A weak immune system, greater susceptibility to colds, and viruses
Dull, lifeless and dry skin.
Sluggish digestion, bloating, constipation.
Poor waste removal and detoxification of the liver and kidneys leading to skin disorders, “unexplained” weight gain, depression, anxiety.
The list goes on and on.
It’s a domino effect.
The body needs to deliver nutrients to the cells, and it needs water to do.
The eliminatory organs need water to function optimally.
Without their optimal functioning, the body gets backed up and toxic.
When the body is toxic, impurities come through the skin, get stored in the human fatty tissue, and those same impurities are being reabsorbed back into the bloodstream.
(Hence, weight gain, migraines, a weak immune system, bloating, water retention (ironically), poor skin, brittle hair, etc).
But it goes beyond that!
Liquids (a beverage without fiber) do not require digestion. When we consume a liquid, especially without solid food, it enters the bloodstream more rapidly. This is important to keep in mind, as our beverages of choice can act serve as an IV to the blood.
And that’s the fuel we feed the brain?
How can we change the tune, and better hydrate and nourish the body?
Begin every morning with at least 16oz of pure, fluoride-free, alkaline water (ideally).
Keep in mind that everything (Read: EVERYTHING) we put into the body will end up fueling (or poisoning) the cells at some point.
How much water should you drink a day?
It’s a simple question but there is no easy answer. It all depends on your activity level, how much you sweat, your climate (hot, cold, humid, etc.), your salt intake, if your diet is full of water containing veggies, or dense foods, and other such important factors like: are you on medications, or supplements that act like diuretics?
So let’s be safe and say, on average:
9 — (8 oz) glasses for the average woman
13 — (8 oz) glasses for the average man
My challenge to you?
Get half that amount before you are even out the door to start your day. The great thing about hydrating is that you should notice almost immediate improvements in your digestion, skin, and even energy levels and hunger levels right away.
Now this is a little bit “taboo”, but let’s consider every other liquid you consume to be your chance to nourish, not to hydrate.
Remember, liquids are like an IV to the bloodstream. The same blood that is nourishing every organ and cell. Yep. Everyone of those little cuties.
No one is expected to change over night, but we can make improvements in our choices without feeling like we are sacrificing— while lessening the impact on our body.
Addicted to soda?
Look for brands that contain no high fructose corn syrup, artificial sweeteners, or sugar that elevate or impact the blood sugar levels. "Diet stuff" is just a no-go.
Set on getting that carbonation?
Kombucha or a Coconut Kefir Water can curb the addiction, while naturally energizing the body.
Or, make your own delicious sparkling beverage.
1 cup naturally carbonated spring water
1/4 cup fresh lemon and lime juice
2 mint leaves
Stevia to taste
Addicted to coffee?
If it’s about the caffeine, realize that caffeine is a quick fix, not a sustainable source of energy, because it is not supplying the body with nutrients. However, I get it... I find that caffeine can make me "feel" more creative. I like that feeling.
But it doesn't have to be coffee! A high grade matcha green tea contains antioxidants, fiber, amino acids and caffeine for a more sustainable energy, without the same side effects of caffeine. Cacao contains theobromine which is also stimulating.
Organic Herbal green tea.
What about the milks and creams you are adding into your beverages? This is a whole subject in itself, but anytime a beverage is unpasteurized, it is easier to digest and more nutrient dense. Try a raw almond, or coconut milk, or for a creamy texture, 2 tsp of raw coconut oil, or ghee can provide the same feel. Butter coffee is also a thing these days, and is actually a better alternative than skim milk.
Anytime you are adding an animal fat into the body, make sure it is organic, or grass-fed. As toxins are stored in fat.
Going for a box of milk?
Because of the lack of casein in nut and milk alternatives, (a very slow-digesting protein) many people have an easier time digesting and metabolizing dairy-free alternatives. Look for products that have less than 6 grams of sugar per serving.
Liquids are like an IV into the bloodstream. A little sugar is necessary for optimal brain function, but watch drinking fruit juices, or beverages with more than 6 grams per serving.
Keep it fun!!
This is not about taking away your favorite vices. This is about replacing the things in your life that do not serve you, and trading up and out beverages is an easy way to start.
Okay... now go hydrate before you dehydrate.