Reasons to Drink Lemon Water #1

Lemon water in the morning is fantastic for your body. Adding lemon to water not only quenches thirst, it also nourishes our body with vitamins, minerals and trace elements such as the electrolytes potassium, calcium and magnesium, which we absolutely need. Lemon with water is a great natural energy booster.

Healthy Hydration in the Fall and Early Winter

water_hydrationAs the weather grows cooler, it is easy to be fooled by how much water you still need to maintain muscle health.

Adequate hydration is necessary to keep your muscles functioning with cramps and pain, because water is what keeps nutrients flowing into the muscle and waste products flowing out.

Because the temperatures are cooler, you may not be sweating as much but you still require about 8 ounces of water for every hour that you are awake.

A pinch of good ocean sea salt dissolved in your water a few times per day will help replace the electrolytes that create the electrical charge your muscles need to flex or contract.

10 Reasons to Juice #1

Hydration
We need liquids to remain healthy, and juicing is a good source of liquids. It is estimated that more than 50% of people are chronically under-hydrated–that is, they consume less than the recommended 5-6 glasses of non-caffeinated, unsweetened beverages needed daily. Staying hydrated makes the body function more efficiently, improves energy, and helps remove unwanted byproducts more easily.

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It’s Getting Cooler, but You Could Still be Dehydrated

Even though the temperatures are falling, you do not have to sweat profusely to become dehydrated.

Studies show that adults over the age of 50 are the most likely to become dehydrated because the ability to recognize thirst decreases, many older adults take diuretics to control blood pressure, and some people who suffer bladder control problems drink less than they should.

You know you’re not drinking enough if you suffer muscle cramps with physical activity. Adding a sports drink with sodium will help.

Suspect you’re not drinking enough if you experience altered mood, impaired memory or headaches.

The old rule still holds true, eight 8-oz glasses of water a day is where you start. You may need more if you’re physically active.
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Three Delicious Ways to Stay Hydrated

Staying hydrated is important to mood, energy levels, cognitive function and brain health. If you do not enjoy plain water or find sports drinks too sweet or too salty, here are a few ideas for make-it-yourself sports drinks that will help replace electrolytes and fluids.

Lemon-Lime Lusciousness
2 Cups of Water, 2 tablespoons of honey, the juice from 1/2 a lemon, and 1/2 a lime plus a pinch of sea salt.

Pomegranate Perfection
2 cups of green tea, 2 tablespoons of honey, 4 tablespoons of pomegranate juice, and a pinch of sea salt.

Coconut Water Combo
2 cups of coconut water, 2 tablespoons of honey, 4 tablespoons of mango, apple, guava or orange juice.

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Hydration for Muscle Health

The body is composed of nearly 90% water. Your heart, lungs, and brain can’t function without it. Neither can your muscles, or your skin, or your joints.

Adequate hydration is important to keep your muscles functioning without cramps and pain. It’s also critical if you’re trying to build muscle. In order to flex or contract muscles, water is the key to keeping nutrients flowing into the muscle and waste products flowing out.

A mere two percent drop in body water can cause changes in coordination, concentration and it’s one of the most common causes of daytime fatigue.

The average person loses 16 ounces of water just by breathing, another 16 ounces if you are visibly sweating, and another 48 ounces through elimination.

Healthy hydration means drinking approximately 8 ounces of water for every hour that you’re awake. For people who exercise, your needs may be greater. In warm weather, everyone may need to replace lost electrolytes, the potassium, sodium, magnesium and calcium that create the electrical charge that keep your muscles working properly. A pinch of good ocean sea salt dissolved in your water a few times a day should do the trick.