Hydration is essential to health. Thus, it’s critical to know of alternative ways to stay hydrated that go beyond just water.
When our bodies do not get enough caffeine and sugar-free fluid, we can experience any of the following symptoms:
- Mental fog and confusion
- Poor digestion and constipation
- Irregular body temperature and fluctuations
- Weight gain
Experts recommend drinking 1 oz of water for every kg of body weight (roughly ½ an ounce for every pound). While that standard holds true, if you struggle to hit that benchmark, we have 3 delicious and nutrient-dense ways to get more fluids and build better health.
1. Herbal Tea
- Rooibos, chamomile, dandelion, mint, etc.
- Depending on the tea, you can reduce or omit caffeine and drink 2-4 cups per day to add valuable trace minerals to the diet.
- Mint tea is good for digestion and to stimulate the mind. Try it with Orange Blossom Water like they enjoy in Morocco.
- Roasted Dandelion Tea is great for liver detoxification. Find a blend that includes chicory and vanilla for nutty coffee-alternative.
2. Diluted Fresh Fruit & Vegetable Juice
- Drinking diluted fresh fruit and vegetable juice on an empty stomach helps absorb the enzymes from the juicing.
- Try drinking 16 oz before breakfast. Dilute to the point of “barely sweet” juice for optimal blood sugar regulation.
- Never consume straight fruit juice; always cut with vegetable juice and dilute with water. Cucumber and celery are great neutral-flavored blending juices.
- Watermelon and cucumber are high in water content and fiber.
3. Mineral Broth
- Try 8 oz once a day to balance the system and get a boost of blended nutrients.
- Make a vegetable or bone broth in your slow cooker with kitchen clippings from onion, garlic, carrot, herbs, mushrooms, and sweet potatoes. Amp up with sea vegetables and flaxseed.
- See the recipe for Mineral Broth here
You can also supercharge your water with lemon, lime, chlorophyll, or green powder to alkalize your body, and add a dash of maple syrup for added minerals and energy. Happy Hydrating!
Written by Bauman College