5 easy ways to stay hydrated

5 healthy ways to drink more water wand stay hydrated
Dress up your water with cucumber, lemon and mint.
Photo: Pinterest/Rikki Snyder

Looking for an easy way to boost your health? Try drinking more water. Water removes toxins from your body, prevents you from overeating, helps give skin a healthy glow and keeps your energy levels up for your yoga practice. If you tend to forget or get bored with drinking plain water, try one of these five healthy and all-natural ways to give your water a boost. You may never be thirsty again.

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Himalayan sea salt

Salty water doesn't sound the least bit appealing, but when you sweat, your body loses a lot of sodium (an electrolyte). Himalayan sea salt quickly replaces lost sodium and it’s loaded in minerals. “Himalayan sea salt can actually hydrate our tissue,” says certified health coach and healthy living expert Jessica Marie. “When mixed with water, it turns into a solution called sole, which can gives us immediate energy and hydration.”

We like to add a pinch to our water bottle before a tough workout or after a long day in the sun.

Lemon

There's no way we could talk about healthy additions to water without mentioning lemon. Adding fresh lemon juice to your water gives it a refreshing flavor, a healthy dose of vitamin C, aids in digestion and alkalizes the body. Limes, watermelon and berries are also yummy ways to naturally flavor your water.

Cucumber

Cucumbers are made up of mostly water, so this veggie is especially hydrating. According to nutritionist Kimberly Snyder, author of The Beauty Detox Foods, it also contains caffeic acid which helps make the skin smooth. In addition to eating cukes, try adding thinly sliced cucumbers to water for a refreshing pick-me-up on a hot day. Want to get really fancy? Add cucumber, fresh mint or basil for spa-style water.

Raw young coconut water

Fresh young coconut water is packed with electrolytes, vitamins and minerals, making it the perfect drink for replenishment after an intense yoga class or a day in the sun. Look for raw young coconuts (without the hard brown shell) at select Whole Foods Markets, your local health food store or if you happen to live near one, a specialty Asian market.

Chia seeds

Chia is a great hydrator, it gives water an interesting texture and it's packed with protein and fiber, which helps you feel full between meals. 

Photo: Pinterest/Rikki Snyder

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Hydration

As a trained athlete in the world of competitive cycling, I have learned the value of hydration. I live in the southern California Desert where temps. can reach 115 in the summer! I have vomited profusely from loss of fluids after intense rides in such heat and had to be transported to the E.R. After some getting use to the heat and researching hydration issues, what I have learned is that one must hydrate BEFORE any strenuous exercise, not during the exercise. Your body can't replenish the lost fluids fast enough while training in such conditions. Drink fluids with electrolytes and not just plain water. After training in heat, cool down quickly via air conditioning, ice packs if necessary, etc. Heat prostration can kill!

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