Discover the BEST options to quickly hydrate on a deeper level!
Ready to reveal your natural, glowing body with smooth skin, silky hair, and a firm physique? It all starts with hydrating properly. We’ll cover hydration basics that everyone can benefit from, including the best beverages, tips, and even (tuning) techniques to hydrate on a deeper level.
Stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water. About 70% of your body, 75% of your brain, and 80% of your blood consists of water. It’s no surprise that drinking water helps many vital functions in your body, including digestion, detoxification, fat loss, and more. Dehydration can intensify stress, pain, inflammation, neurological problems, and mood imbalances. If you suffer from any health issues, including anxiety or depression, it’s critical to stay hydrated.
Are YOU Dehydrated?
The following are symptoms of dehydration: acne, anxiety, back or joint pain, constipation, dry skin, gallstones, headaches, high blood pressure, low energy or fatigue, and thirst.
Hydrate Upon Waking
Water supports your health in countless ways AND often replaces unhealthy beverages. For best hydration, start every morning with 16 ounces of lemon, lime, or coconut water. When you’re ready to level up, enjoy another 16 ounces of celery or cucumber juice. For deeper cleansing, wait 15 minutes before eating or drinking anything else. Pack filtered water in a reusable bottle and hydrate throughout the day. Set reminders to hydrate every other hour.
Most people are chronically dehydrated. Proper hydration is vital for your health, including digestion, fat loss and detox.
BEST Hydration Options
These options deeply hydrate and cleanse the body, which is especially important after sleep. Hydrating supports detoxification, weight loss, energy, blood sugar, skin health, and more!
- Lemon or Lime water — Squeeze the juice from 1 lemon/lime and add to 16 ounces of water. For deeper cleansing, increase to 2 lemons/limes in 32 oz of water.
- Coconut Water — Enjoy 16 ounces or more. Love the brand: Real Coco.
- Infused Water — Add variety by infusing your water with cooling cucumber slices, zesty citrus wedges, spicy grated ginger, or refreshing frozen berries.
Juicing — Next Level Hydration
Ready to take your hydration to the next level? Start juicing a few mornings a week.
- Celery Juice — Juice 1 bunch of celery or enough to yield 16 oz. It’s best to have celery juice plain, without any other ingredients added. If needed, you can add a couple slices of ginger and/or 1 apple to your juice. Enjoy quickly after making as fresh juice is most potent in nutrients.
- Cucumber Juice — Juice 2 cucumbers or enough to yield 16 oz. Again, it’s best to keep this juice plain, without any other ingredients added.
Feel hangry upon waking? Enjoy a spoonful of raw honey before hydrating. Honey helps stabilize blood sugar levels and it sets the tone to help you slow down and savor your day.
Want to SUPERCHARGE Your Water?
Watch this 30-minute video with Eileen McKusick as she uses specialty tuning forks to bless and tune your water into a smooth and silky structured water. Structured water is better absorbed by the body and it tastes delicious. You’ll definitely savor each sip!
Healthy Hydration: Amount
How Much Water Should You Drink?
Do you feel thirsty? Most people benefit from drinking at least half their body weight in ounces of water per day. For example, if you weigh 140 pounds, then drink 70 ounces or 8 cups. Maximize your hydration with the BEST options above. Let your thirst guide you.
A Plant-Based Diet Supports Hydration
Your diet plays a BIG role in hydration levels. If you eat more animal products, processed products, and salt (including sea salt), the more you’ll want to hydrate. However, most fruits and vegetables are high in water. So if you follow a plant-based diet rich in fruits and vegetables, then you won’t need to drink as much H2o. To increase hydration with the foods you eat, try including more plants. Melons, cucumber and citrus are delicious additions.
Eat Raw, Fresh, Whole Foods
Pssst… want to know how to stay hydrated with ease? Eat more raw, fresh, whole foods. They’re much more hydrating than cooked, dehydrated, and processed foods. The shorter the shelf life, the better it will be for your hydration levels. Also, it’s ideal to eat roughly 51% of your diet raw. So eat plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables.
Choose Beverages Carefully
Lastly, beware of caffeine, soda and alcohol. They contribute to dehydration and replace healthier beverages. Avoid soda and avoid or limit caffeine and alcohol. Enjoy at least one BEST Hydration Option (listed above) after drinking any caffeine or alcohol.
Check Your Pee
Check the color of your pee to see if you’re hydrating well. Dark yellow urine indicates dehydration. Clear urine indicates healthy hydration. Keep in mind that supplements and other factors can change urine color.
Replenish Electrolytes Naturally
How do you know if you need electrolytes? Symptoms of low electrolytes include headaches, fatigue, leg cramps, muscle spasms and frequent urination. It’s a good idea to replenish electrolytes during warmer weather or intense activity. Look for a drink that contains zero sugars and artificial ingredients. You can also make your own low-sugar beverage.
Cooling Coconut Electrolyte Beverage
Quench your thirst with this refreshing recipe!
3 cups of filtered water
1 cup of plain coconut water
1 cup of 100 percent cherry, berry, or cranberry juice
1-2 teaspoons of unrefined sea salt
Instructions: Combine ingredients and enjoy over ice.
This is another great electrolyte option. Unlike many sweetened sports drinks, coconut H2o contains natural sugar. Although it depends on the brand, coconut water can have 15 times the electrolytes found in sports drinks! For best quality, select raw coconut water with minimal ingredients. If available, drink it fresh from a green coconut. You can also find quality brands like Real Coco, Harmless Harvest, and Taste Nirvana at most grocery stores.
Are coffee and caffeinated beverages healthy? Unfortunately, caffeinated beverages do more harm than good for most people. That’s certainly not what you want to hear when you’re denying a caffeine addiction, but it’s important. Most people are under high amounts of chronic stress that weaken their adrenals, causing imbalances in hormones, blood sugar levels, and mood (anxiety, depression). Whether you want to temporarily or permanently replace caffeine, it’s a great idea to get off of it to reset and re-connect with how caffeine makes you feel. Below are healthier morning beverages to enjoy as you wean off of caffeine.
Below are some great beverages to reduce your caffeine intake. Listed in order of preference, the first three options are caffeine-free. If you choose caffeinated options, then increase the BEST Hydration Options (above) to replenish your body.
- Chaga mushroom tea with honey
- Moringa herbal tea — rich in B-12 for an energy boost
- Teeccino “herbal coffee”
- Matcha green tea or any white tea
- Green tea or Yerba Mate
- Black tea (optional chaga added, oat milk, and honey)
Top Herbal Teas
Are herbal teas hydrating? Although hot herbal teas aren’t hydrating, they don’t dehydrate you. The good news is, herbal teas pack in health benefits AND you can make them more hydrating. To make herbal tea more hydrating, put fresh herb leaves (lemon balm, peppermint, thyme, etc.) in a jar of water and steep for 6 hours. Enjoy hot or cold and store in the fridge.
What are the best herbal teas? Below are nutrient-packed herbal teas to replenish your body, calm your mind, and soothe your soul. Add raw local honey for sweetness.
- Ginger — helps digestion and inflammation
- Lemon balm — helps nerves, immunity, digestion, stress
- Hibiscus — helps immunity and liver function
- Elderflower — helps immunity, respiratory ailments, water retention and bloating
- Chamomile — helps sleep, digestion, immunity
- Raspberry leaf — great for skin, hormone balance and reproductive health
- Linden flower — calming properties helpful for digestion, sleep and stress
- Spearmint — great for digestion, fatigue, stress, anxiety, circulation and respiration
- Nettle — wonderful anti-inflammatory, great for detox and digestion
- Thyme — great for immunity, tension, sleep, relaxation, and digestion
- Chaga — excellent anti-cancer food, immune booster and more