Increasing Energy With Hydration
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Having been through the devastation of long-term chronic fatigue syndrome and the healing that took place over time – with much research and experimenting – Chellaberry Wellness is passionate about sharing natural ways of increasing energy for everyone at every age. Hydration is the foundation for good health, but is especially necessary for the essential self-care required when dealing with difficult health issues.
So many people have trouble drinking enough liquid to keep themselves adequately hydrated. As a young mother nursing my first baby, I can remember thinking that getting one glass of water down a day was a lot. No wonder I had trouble with milk production and had to wean the baby early!
Many elderly people have gone their entire lives drinking only a few cups of coffee a day. Their strong immune systems have carried them through life with little hydration, but even the strongest bodies will eventually break down when not cared for properly. Eventually, people find themselves weak, fatigued, sick, toxic and aged.
I've noticed from my experience as a health coach that no matter how old people get, they want to feel good. We desire the ability to carry out daily tasks easily, with energy and vitality. However, only a certain percentage of us will actually do the regular self-care to renew our cells and make us feel better. The good news is that our bodies were created to rejuvenate when given the proper building blocks of hydration and nutrition.
Hydration Equals Energy
Water is one of the main catalysts for energy in your body. Physically, you are up to 75% water. Without H2O, your cells literally start to suffocate and shrivel up, desperately crying out with fatigue.
Using the city analogy, your body is like an underwater metropolis. The quality and quantity of water you pour into your municipality directly determines the longevity of your city-body and how clean and functional it remains over time.
In addition to improving energy, keeping yourself super-hydrated increases the functionality of every organ and system. The discs in your spine need hydration to stay cushioned between the vertebrae; your joints need moisture to keep the cartilage working smoothly; your bowel needs H2O to properly eliminate; your eyes need water to stay clear and comfortable; your brain needs to remain hydrated to stay mentally focused; your lymph nodes need liquid to keep their river-like system clean; and your urinary tract needs water to be able to eliminate toxins properly.
For many people, making this one simple change of drinking more pure water and other clear, health-promoting liquids will make for an instantly positive feeling in their bodies.
Liquids That Hydrate
Chellaberry recommends drinking and cooking with the best purified water you can possibly afford. Purifying systems include contaminant filtration systems, reverse osmosis units, pitcher filtering and, our favorite, alkaline water systems. Grocery stores often offer inexpensive reverse osmosis water at low cost when you bring your own jugs. Avoid the bottled water available in grocery and convenience stores, as they have been shown to be unpurified tap water that is contaminated with BPA's from being bottled in low-quality plastic. Remember that the harder the plastic, the less likely the water is to be contaminated with plastic.
If possible when you are traveling, purchase high-quality bottled water such as Figi or Evian water, both known for being more pure and alkaline.
Health-Promoting Clear Liquids
Super nutritious drinks can be a huge factor in staying hydrated and, at the same time, giving your body nutrients in an easily-absorbed form. Some favorites here at Chellaberry are Zeal by Zurvita, Beyond Tangy Tangerine by Youngevity and the Bula Bottle system by Waykaya. All three are excellent additions.
In addition, by consuming these vitamin/mineral supplements in your water, you will be adding another level of amazing, health-promoting nutrition to your body’s ecosystem.
Detoxifying and herbal teas can also be a great way to help yourself drink more liquids. Some add natural flavor with no adverse effects, while others are truly beneficial and even naturally medicinal.
Essential oils are excellent for flavoring water. Just a few drops of lemon, peppermint, lavender or tangerine oil are enough to not only flavor your drink, but really make a difference in your overall health.
Keep in mind that soft drinks are NOT hydrating; in fact, they are the opposite of healthy because of their extremely acidic nature. In addition, coffee and Red Bull type caffeine-based energy drinks shouldn’t be considered part of your water intake.
Avoid drinks that are sweetened with Aspartame, NutraSweet, sucralose (Splenda) and Saccharin like you’d avoid being exposed to the Bubonic Plague. These artificial sweeteners are extremely toxic to the cells of your body. In addition, avoid drinks that contain artificial dyes, as they are toxic to the liver.
Use Stevia as a plant-based, no-calorie sweetener. Experiment with different brands to find one that suits your tastes. Personal favorites are Trader Joe's Organic Stevia Extract and SunnyDew Liquid Stevia Drops by Sunrider International.
How Much Water Should You Drink?
Chellaberry goes by general body size when determining how much liquid will be needed for hydrating. All teenagers and small-framed adults should aim for at least two quarts of water and clear liquid daily. Medium-sized adults should shoot for three quarts per day. Large-framed men and tall women should drink four or more quarts per day.