Although water is very important, what we really need are electrolytes and fibers to keep that hydration in the cells and in the digestive system. Drinking over a gallon of water does not necessarily guarantee that your cells and tissues are staying hydrated. More often than not you will wind up just spending half your day in the restroom urinating all that water out. So a few tips to keep yourself hydrated would be to slow down on the amount of water your are consuming at a given time and not to guzzle it all at once. That will send a bit of a shock to your kidneys and force them to work harder than they need to. Your body can only absorb about 8-12 ounces of liquid in a given hour. So sip your water throughout the day to guarantee that your cells and intestines stay hydrated.
Another thing you can do is take either an electrolyte powder (I love the ULTIMA brand) or add some ConcenTrace Trace Mineral Drops to your water as well. Coconut water is amazing for hydration especially if you are an endurance athlete and love to run. It will help to replace the potassium, magnesium, sodium, calcium, and phophorus lost during your training. Coconut water is also a great source of post workout carbohydrates and goes great in a smoothie. After I run, I like to use it to help replace electrolytes, keep me hydrated, and get some carbohydrates into my system. This morning I made a great shake that is loaded with minerals and nutrients, it's filling, and obviously has lots of cleansing properties.
Coconut Blueberry Bonanza
7 ounces Zico coconut water
1/2 cup fresh (or frozen) blueberries
1 scoop Sun Warrior Vanilla Protein Powder
1/8 tsp xanthan gum (to thicken it up) **
stevia to taste
1/4 tsp Frontier Coconut Extract
6-8 ice cubes
**you can leave out the xanthan gum and add 1/4-1/2 tsp of chia seeds if you prefer.
Blend on high speed in your Vitamix until smooth and creamy.
With only 190 calories you are getting 5 grams of fiber and 20 grams of protein....an excellent way to start off your morning or refuel after a workout. If you want more fats, feel free to add 1/4-1/2 an avocado....you won't even taste it.
What are some of YOUR favorite smoothie recipes?