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During these warm spring
days everything needs more water, the garden and it’s visiting guests, our household pets, and ourselves!
Regardless of your current level of activity we require 2.5-3 liters of h20 a
day, this is in addition to the liquid we obtain from the food we consume.
In extreme conditions, your
body can require up to 4,5, or even 6 liters of water a day! Before you start pounding the water, check in and see how you are doing....
HYDRATION TEST – A good rule
of thumb is if you haven’t pee’d in a couple of hours, you "probably" need some
more fluid in your system.
through oral hydration play a important role in our bodies quest for balance,
also known as homeostasis. Our
cells and blood plasma all require sodium and potassium to achieve healthy
blood PH and blood pressure. Our nerves and muscle function depend upon proper hydration levels to keep organs
and other bodily functions operating normally. Disruptions in electrolytes result in dehydration or hyper-hydration- also known as hyponatremia. Both conditions if not treated require emergency medical intervention, and can be fatal!
SPORTS BEVERAGES: The Sports beverage market
is headed by the Coca-Cola Bottling
company and has grown to represent over $20 billion in sales in the US
alone. These beverages are filled with added dyes, chemicals, and sugars
which overload your kidneys and liver- while delaying any liquid from
quickly rehydrating you!
Stick to natural ingredients w/out
caffine- Freshly squeezed fruit juice consumed in moderation work well. Try these easy recipes for simple electrolyte
replacement drinks to help keep you hydrated.
Simple Electrolyte Replacement Drink Options:
balance of electrolytes in coconut water mimics your blood’s electrolyte
balance, * I pour some into our morning smoothies- it is refreshing and delicious too!
1/2 cup freshly
squeezed orange juice
1/4 cup freshly
squeezed lemon juice
2 -4 tablespoons raw
honey, to taste
1/8 teaspoon unrefined salt
Blend all ingredients in
your Nutribullet, and enjoy w/in :20 minutes of completing your last workout.
1 gallon distilled
water, 4 cups for boiling, the remaining cold water
1/2 cup fresh mint
leaves, loosely packed
-Boil the 4 cups of
water and steep the teabags for 5 minutes, squeezing out the teabags into the
water when removing.
-Add the honey to the
hot tea and stir. Squeeze five lemons over a fine mLabelsesh strainer to catch the
seeds and into a bowl.
-Add the ice cubes to
a large pitcher and pour the steeped hot tea over. Add the cold water and the
squeezed lemon juice. Taste your Necter. Don’t add too much honey, just enough
to balance the acidity of the lemons.
Serve with a sprig of
mint, before serving.
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References in this article:
What is a electrolyte? http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Electrolyte
bird pic: courtesy of http://healthblog.dallasnews.com/files/2012/07/images-4.jpeg
Zico.com cocoanut h20 pic
Sports and energy drink market: http://www.euromonitor.com/sports-and-energy-drinks-in-the-us/report
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