As temperatures start to swell this summer, staying hydrated is more important than ever. Even in this era of Poland Spring many of us are severely dehydrated due to moisture lacking diets, artificial environments, and over-dependence on water. Based on breakthrough new science, Dana Cohen and Gina Bria’s new book QUENCH presents a wellness routine that can reverse all of that. Here are just a few of the important hydration tips Cohen and Bria offer in their book to help you feel healthy and energized this summer!
- DON’T drink eight glasses of water a day
The most common tip given when it comes to hydration is drinking eight glasses of water a day. However, drinking eight glasses of water a day can actually strip your body of important electrolytes, Cohen and Bria argue. There’s so much more that you can do to stay properly hydrated and once you get a handle on those you’ll be able to better determine how many glasses of water is the right amount for you. There is no one size fits all amount.
- Eat your water
Certain foods, such as cucumbers, broccoli, tomatoes, watermelon, kiwi, and apples, have “gel water” locked inside of them. Your body actually absorbs gel water better than regular water. These hydrating foods are also considered healthier than water because they are already purified, alkaline, pH-perfect, mineralized, full of nutrients, structured, and energized to absorb easily into your cells.
- Avoid dehydrating foods and drinks
While there are some foods that are hydrating, there are also dehydrating foods that you should avoid. Some examples include grains, starches, meats and cheeses. These kinds of foods should be taken in moderation. Some dehydrating liquids include alcohol, coffees, and teas. For coffees and teas, it is best to not drink excessive amounts of them, and with alcohol, Cohen and Bria suggest drinking a glass of water with every alcoholic beverage you consume.
- Choose the right salt
Sodium is considered dehydrating; however, QUENCH reveals that there are certain salts that are actually healthy for you. Table salt might not contain the right properties to hydrate your body, but sea salt, Celtic salt, rock salt, and Himalayan salt are natural, minimally processed salts that play a crucial role in hydration. These salts contain more than just sodium; they also have minerals, such as iodine, iron, potassium, magnesium, and calcium. Some of these minerals are electrolytes, which keep the body’s electrical balance in check and your cells functioning in a healthy way to add water to your system. Pro-tip: start adding salt to your water instead of your food as it’s a great way to have the ideal electrolyte exchange to keep the water balanced inside of your body.
- Move around
Many of us who sit in our office chairs all day need to move around more. The complete formula for hydration is absorbing the water and then distributing it throughout your body with movement, so even if you’re hydrating properly it’s not effective without exercise! Even micromovements can help and these be done anywhere, whether it be in your chair or your bed or on your feet. QUENCH includes a guide to numerous easy micromovements, such as spinal twists and chin circles.
- Get off your smartphone
Let’s face it, we’re likely all pretty addicted to technology. We’re on our phones throughout the day, whether it’s for a few minutes or even hours. According to QUENCH, using technology for too long can cause dehydration. Each time you refocus on something, your body has to manufacture a new batch of neurochemicals which uses up hydration. That means that all of our looking up and back down to our phones, even if it’s just a quick scroll through Instagram, draws from our water reserves. Additionally, looking at your phone usually means that your head is tipped down and forward, which adds pressure on your neck and compresses and slows the synovial fluid.. Every time this happens, the body diminishes and depletes a small percentage of hydration, but this can build up over the course of the day!