Are you drinking your 8 glasses of water a day, and still feeling thirsty? Maybe you do get all the water you need, but your skin is still dry and you feel like you aren’t using the water you take in. Good hydration is important, and drinking plain water might not be enough.
Plain water, in the scientific world, is known as a solvent. This means that it can dissolve other particles in in, which is often why we choose to filter the water in our homes. We don’t want the impurities dissolved in it from processing, travel through pipes, etc. But water, because of its attraction to other particles, tends to dissolve minerals in whatever it touches. Unfortunately, this means that if you’re drinking very clean water, you might be dissolving and removing the minerals inside your own body!
Pure water is essential for good health though, so what are you to do, to both get good hydration and hang on to the minerals you need?
You can add small pinches of minerals to your drinking water. A tiny bit of the electrolyte minerals, such as sodium, calcium, magnesium, and potassium will not only keep the water from sweeping away these minerals already in your body, but you’ll be replenishing your own stores. These electrolyte minerals are essential to let water travel through cell membranes into the cells and tissues of our bodies, so you get deeper hydration at the same time.
Another great idea is tea. Since teas contain many minerals and antioxidant molecules, this is a great tactic to keep yourself hydrated. Hot tea in the winter is soothing, while and iced tea in the summer is refreshing, and there are many varieties to choose from.
Finally, try adding raw water-rich fruits and vegetables to your diet. These are packed with vitamins and minerals, and can be even more hydrating to your body than water alone. These foods digest more slowly and help you feel full for a long time, so you get sustained hydration with the possibility of weight loss, if that’s something you’re working towards. You can infuse your water with fruits and herbs for a refreshing and super hydrating drink. Try adding lemon slices, strawberries with mint, or watermelon with cucumbers.