BY ANNA HINDS
The most powerful keys for our health are often the most obvious. Things like adequate sleep, hydration, sunshine and fresh air. As they say, “the best things in life are free”…. but we often forget to take advantage of them.
If you’re feeling a little lethargic, headachy, or fatigued as we enter the Spring season, chances are you could be imbalanced in one of these powerful little healers.
Today I’m going to tackle HYDRATION which is one of the most important keys especially if you’re engaging in Hot Yoga on a regular basis.
The good news is that your body is extremely intelligent and knows how to communicate with you. So it’s dedicated to giving you the “I need WATER” signal without much intentionality from you. However, in the modern world where we are bombarded by confusing foods, toxins and other substances, here are a few keys for happy hydration:
- Dehydration can mask itself as a mild hunger. Not sure what your body is asking for? Often the dehydration signals we have are mistaken for hunger. When you get that hungry feeling, try drinking a glass of water first and notice what happens.
- Ditch the “Confusing foods”. Confusing foods (aka processed/junk foods), literally confuse the signals within our bodies making it much more difficult to know if/when we’re hydrated. This is especially true if you’re a soda or coffee drinker since the caffeine and sugars will mask dehydration. When you replace confusing foods for whole, live, real foods, your inner discernment about how much H20 you need goes up and the confusion goes down – making a happier, more hydrated you.
- Eat water-containing foods. Hydration not only comes through your water, but also your foods. Try eating more raw foods that contain up to 90% water. Cucumber, lettuce, and celery are top picks as well as summer fruits such as watermelon, strawberries, citrus and pineapple. All fantastic options for staying more hydrated.
- Take electrolytes. Put simply, “electrolytes” literally means “electricity” – your cells need electrolytes to carry electrical impulses to other cells for things like water balance and blood pH. Nature’s best source of electrolytes is coconut water. You can also get powdered versions such as Ultima and PowerPak, to name a few options.
- Stay ahead of dehydration. Find a water bottle you love and take it with you wherever you go. As you’ve probably heard, you need to hydrate yourself 24 hours in advance of taking a yoga class. Your body knows the difference between consistent care and that last ditch effort to hydrate yourself before yoga class.
These days my go-to forms of hydration are drinking Structured Water (H9 water – available at TYS) and adding coconut water to the green juice I drink each morning giving it both a hint of sweetness and fantastic electrolytes. Be careful that it is pure coconut water (brands such as Harmless Harvest -available at Natural Grocers) and not filled with added sweeteners or preservatives.
Here’s my go-to green juice recipe:
Makes about 24 oz.
Hydrating Coconut Green Lemonade:
1 head romaine lettuce
1/2 cucumber (peeled)
1 green apple
3 stalks celery
1/2 cup coconut water
Juice all ingredients preferably in a cold-press juicer and add the coconut water at the end. Sip & Savor….
Anna Hinds is a Health Coach, certified with the Institute for Integrative Nutrition, Yoga Instructor, EFT Practitioner and Theophostic Prayer Facilitator. She has combined these modalities to create the programs,, “Identity-Based Nutrition” and “LoveHunger”- which are intriguing new approaches to health, working with the underlying reasons that block people from experiencing their best health.
“My lifelong quest has been to discover how human beings can live fully alive in their body and life, without rigid diets, punishing exercise and the heaviness that often accompanies our cultural perspective of what health means. Using a mind-body approach, I specifically work with inner self-beliefs that cause nutritional confusion, emotional eating, food cravings, self-sabotage, resistance to loving forward, helping people learn the language of the body and using Intuitive Eating and Intuitive Movement to gain lasting results.”