Hydrating the Body

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In a previous post, we discussed how getting ourselves settled physically helps us focus on the precious self-care in our internal world. Rest is an important element of that, and so is hydration, which is today’s topic.

According to a fascinating infographic from the Mayo Clinic, nearly all of the major systems in your body depend on water.

They also explain that exactly how much water we all need to drink depends on individual factors like gender, how much you move every day, certain health conditions, and your environment.

Here are three ways to make it easier to stay hydrated:

Eat your water

Many fruits and vegetables are high in water. If you can incorporate these into your day you can hydrate during your meals.

Aim for a good sampling from this list: apples, bell peppers, blueberries, broccoli, cantaloupe, carrots (especially baby carrots), cauliflower, celery, cucumbers, grapefruit, lettuce, oranges, raspberries, spinach, strawberries, tomatoes, and watermelon.

Start early

Jump-start your water intake and your digestion by starting your day with lemon water. For more information about why this is a such a healing practice, see this helpful infographic from Cleveland Clinic:

http://health.clevelandclinic.org/2015/06/7-reasons-to-start-your-day-with-lemon-water-infographic/

Be creative

If a glass of water seems too boring, liven it up with some fun, flavorful ice cubes like the ones in these recipes by Martha Stewart, Reader’s Digest, and the DIY community on Pinterest.

Or warm your body and soul by exploring the vast world of soothing teas, which also have many health benefits.

Hydrating your body helps all its systems function better, giving you more strength and stability for the inner work of healing.

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