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You already know that hydration is absolutely key for optimal hormone health. If not, let’s recap this real quick! Being hydrated helps with digestion and helps flush toxins out of your body. It’s exactly what your body needs on a daily basis to help you stay in balance, help keep your skin nice and glowy, help with liver detoxification (which also helps with getting rid of excess estrogen), and help with hydrating cells that are responsible for just about any function in the human body. Kind of a big deal to know how to hydrate fast! You may have heard that eight cups of water is the magic amount for keeping you hydrated, but that may actually be quite outdated….read on to find out what may work best.

 

What’s gel water?

Have you ever heard of gel water? This is going to blow your mind a bit, but gel water is believed to be the fourth state of water, in gel form. Gel water has an extra hydrogen and oxygen molecule, so it’s known as H3O2. Dr. Gerald Pollack, a professor of bioengineering at the University of Washington discovered gel water and has done the most research on it. Gel water is still being debated in the scientific community, but it’s believed to be similar in structure to water found inside our bodies at the cellular level. A helpful visualization of gel water is the inside of an aloe vera plant – the gooey, sticky stuff inside is what gel water is like. The benefit of gel water is not just that it’s similar in structure to the water found in our cells, but that it can provide natural electrolytes and nutrients found in plants as well.

In terms of real food, here are the ones that contain the most gel water:

  • Iceberg lettuce
  • Berries (strawberries, blueberries, blackberries, raspberries)
  • Lemons
  • Chia seeds
  • Jicama
  • Tomatoes, cucumbers, and peppers

Many other water-rich fruits and vegetables can also be consumed to help your body hydrate fast, but these are definitely the big movers. Here’s something that really surprised me: healthy fats can also contain gel water! Ghee and coconut oils are not only great for you because they keep your skin and cell membranes supple, they can also be a source of hydration. Of course, we should consume these in moderation and seed oils (canola, sunflower, vegetable, soybean oil) should be avoided due to their tendency to cause inflammation in the body. Incorporating gel water rich fruits, veggies, and healthy fats is an easy and quick way to ensure that you’re getting hydration at the cellular level.

 

What about electrolytes?

Electrolytes are one of the easiest ways to hydrate as your body needs salt, magnesium, potassium, and water for hydration. So, if you’re doing your eight cups of plain water, you may still not be getting the hydration you need, especially if minerals have been filtered out. Water filtration is actually really important since it can filter out toxic chemicals such as chlorine and fluoride, but reverse osmosis systems will also filter out beneficial minerals along with these. Most electrolytes will contain added sugars, dextrose, sucralose, or Stevia (highly processed and can cause gut issues), or natural flavors. I actually don’t think ALL natural flavors are bad (think vanilla or lemon extract), but I tend to avoid these since they can still be made up out of unwanted ingredients. I also avoid all electrolytes with sugar alcohols (sorbitol, erythritol) and artificial flavors. My current two favorites are LMNT and Relyte. They’re not optimal in terms of ingredients, but are still the best two I’ve been able to find. I also love Pique’s B-T fountain, which is more than just an electrolyte and really helps with skin hydration as well.

In terms of how much water to drink, this all depends on your activity level, how much sweating you’re doing, and how much time you’re spending outside. The recommendation of eight cups a day is really a very rough estimate that will vary day to day as well. If you’re not hydrating with gel water or electrolytes, I would consider adding those to your daily routine as well.

 

What’s better than store bought electrolytes?

Homemade electrolytes! As a busy working mom, I don’t always actually get to make this, but if you’ve got some time on a slow Saturday afternoon, it’s worth making this yourself:

Mix:

  • One cup of coconut water (without any additives or sugar)
  • Juice of an orange
  • 1 tbsp raw honey
  • 1/8 tsp Himalayan salt

Done! If you’re looking to nourish your adrenals, this recipe is actually very similar to an adrenal mocktail, which I highly recommend when you’re finding yourself in fight or flight mode all the time. Give it a try and be sure to let me know what you think!

I’m also a big fan of Sakara’s detox and beauty water to add extra minerals that may have gotten lost in the filtration process and to help with liver detoxification and alkalizing the body. Use discount code VARSHASAKARA to get 20% off your first purchase here.

What did I miss? What’s your favorite way to hydrate?

 

adrenal mocktail Sources:

https://www.pollacklab.org/research

https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/ben-greenfield-life/id283908977?i=1000460057059

https://www.womansworld.com/posts/diets/h3o2-gel-water-diet-168246

 

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