And in this article I am going to reveal an unlikely, often overlooked, but powerful source of alkaline hydration…
Quite simply, I believe that hydration is THE most important part of any diet, healthy lifestyle or approach to health – no matter what your goal.
I always advise people to aim for between 2-4 litres of good quality, preferably alkaline, ionized water each day – but getting enough (or remembering to) is often the hardest part.
This article will show you that it can be easier than you think when you harness the power that is…
Alkaline Foods as a Source of Hydration!
It is estimated that for the average person, eating an average diet (you can choose what average means) 20% of our daily hydration comes from food.
On the premise that our body uses/loses at least 1.5 litres of water per day through normal bodily functions (without any exercise or heat-based sweating) – we therefore need at least 1.5 litres just to stay out of the ‘chronically dehydrated’ zone (where headaches will hunt you down like a dog…I tells ye).
So for the average person aiming for 1.5 litres per day this would suggest that 300ml comes from food.
I think this is staggeringly low and can only suggest that people are eating a really crappy diet that is devoid of fresh, nutritious foods!
Here is my challenge to you – see foods as a source of alkaline hydration.
Why See Foods as a Source of Alkaline Hydration
- When you’re properly hydrated you will kick butt – that’s the short version. I genuinely believe the world is a better place when we are hydrated. Mood lifts, digestion runs smoothly, skin clears, energy increases, workouts make more of a difference, fatigue disappears, clarity returns….make hydration your #1 goal for 30 days and tell me how you go
- Water rich foods are ALL extremely nutritious – think about the most water rich vegetables – celery, cucumber, broccoli (yep, it’s 91% water), carrots – and now tell me whether they’re super-healthy or not! Now think of a few low-water content foods….uh-huh.
- Water-rich foods are all strong antioxidants too! As you will know if you’ve read any of my articles on alkaline, ionized water (such as that one) – optimal health is based upon 3 key things: hydration, alkalinity and antioxidants – these vegetables tick all three boxes.
- Water rich vegetables not only hydrate but also contain perfect amounts of alkaline mineral salts – which are the essence of life! You body runs on salt, not sugar – and these veggies give you the perfect amounts. Read Robert Young’s article here on salt for more info.
How To Get More Hydration From Food
It would be easy for me to sign off now simply saying – “so off you go chaps and chapettes, eat more vegetables…the end!” – but I know that wouldn’t really do you a great deal of good.
I see myself as being ‘The Implementation Dude – I like to give you the concept and ALSO how to implement it – so here goes.
Here are my…
3 Tips for Hydration Through Alkaline Foods
- Drink an Alkaline Veggie Juice or Smoothie Every Day: this is massive. I know it sounds like a big committment, but if you just start with 2 or 3 times per week you’ll see why this is so awesome and important. I don’t think anything has impacted my health/life so much as when I committed to, and stuck to drinking a green vegetable juice every morning. Think of it this way – firstly you’re getting 400ml of alkaline hydration, complete with alkaline mineral salts (as mentioned above), secondly, your’re getting at LEAST your minimum five-a-day of fresh vegetables and thirdly – you’re getting all of this before you even leave the house in the morning! Everything else after that is gravy! Not literally. That would be weird.
- Get into the salad habit: I advise you to try and have a salad, even a small basic salad, with every lunch and dinner you have each day. This will add at least another 4-5 serves of fresh vegetables to your daily diet – so even if your dinner is not quite alkaline, you’re not missing out on an abundance of alkaline nutrition each day. And as tomatoes (88% water content), lettuce (95% water content) etc are all water-rich, you’re adding many more ml of alkaline hydration to your daily quota too.
- Make Sauces! Sauces for pastas, salads, pulses and more are not only a great way to add a diverse range of flavours to your slightly less flavoursome meals – but they’re also, in essence, pure alkaline hydration. Blending up tomatoes, red onion, capsicum, basil and lime into a Mexican salsa, for instance, works wonders on steamed vegetables, salads or lo-and-behold, fajitas and it’s more of that delicious alkaline hydration…
There you have it – I still advise you to aim for 2-4 litres of good quality, alkaline, ionized (preferably) water each and every day because it will have a profound impact on your life - BUT – if you follow 1 or even all 3 of my tips above you will be adding at least an extra litre to your daily hydration intake.
Let me know your thoughts, questions, comments below!
p.s. I recently met with a raw food chef called Russell James, who is just an awesome dude, and I wanted to share his Electrozyme Juice with you. He’s a great guy – I recommend you follow him on Facebook.
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