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Wednesday, February 8th, 2012

The Importance of Hydration + Raspberry Lemonade Recipe!

Hi everyone! This week has been jam packed with clients so no Q&A today. Instead, today’s entry is a re-post from last year and one that I feel is worth highlighting, as Chronic dehydration is something that I see over and over again!!

One of my health resolutions for 2011 was to stay more hydrated. It’s really easy for me to get totally engrossed in work and completely forget to drink all day! Staying hydrated is important on so many levels.  75% of Americans are chronically dehydrated – 75%, that’s crazy!! At times, I (your supposedly perfectly responsible, healthy, on-top-of-her-game Nutrition coach) am one of them, eek!! Most people are so used to being chronically dehydrated that they no longer recognize the body’s normal signals of thirst. According to Dr. Howard Flaks, a bariatric (obesity) specialist in Beverly Hills, California, “By not drinking enough water, many people incur excess body fat, poor muscle tone and size, decreased digestive efficiency and organ function, increased toxicity in the body, joint and muscle soreness and water retention.” When your body is not properly hydrated all of your organs have to work harder. By now you know that when the body is working harder, you’re either feeling bad or getting fatter… kinda harsh, but it’s true.

Common symptoms of dehydration include headaches, fatigue, dry skin, muscle cramping, dry mouth and lips, decreased and dark yellow urination, mood swings, and inability to concentrate. Dehydration can also lead to constant cravings, binging, constipation, wrinkles, brain fog, fatigue, and the dreaded cellulite!

One of my biggest motivators to stay hydrated, I’ll admit, is 100% vanity driven; it’s my skin. I can tell a HUUUUGE difference in my skin when I am guzzling water all day. In fact it is so profound that, thinking about it now, I am wondering why I ever fall out of the hydration routine in the first place!!

Hydration also plays a huge role in our weight. So many times we mistake thirst for hunger. Next time you’re feeling like a snack in between meals, try having 16oz of water, juice or herbal tea and see if that does the trick, it usually does!

A typical guideline to follow is to drink 1/2 an ounce per pound of body weight daily. That means if you weigh 140 lbs, you should be drinking 70 ounces of water daily, that’s just over 2 qts.  Soda, caffeinated beverages, processed juices and coffee are not included as they are actually dehydrating. So what if plain water just doesn’t sound appealing? So glad you asked!

First of all, you all know I’m BIG on the green juice.  I strive for about 16-32oz daily. Green juice is seriously magical, no pill or vitamin is going to give you the pure life-force nutrition and natural BUZZ that you’ll get from green juice. Seriously, I can’t say this enough! Drink your green juice darlings!!

Green juice…water…what else?! Here’s a little recipe that will quench your thirst and satisfy your sweet tooth without the calories and sugar!

Raspberry Lemonade

You’ll need:

Put 6 tea bags into 2 qts of room temperature water and let steep for about 15 mins. Remove tea bags and add the juice of 3 lemons (you can use more or less depending on the size of the lemons and your personal taste preferences). Last, add stevia to taste, serve over ice and enjoy!!

As always, feel free to purchase your stevia through iherb.com and use my discount code WAG472 to get $5 OFF your first order + free shipping on orders of $20 or more!!.

I typically make about a gallon of Raspberry Tea at one time. This way I’ve always got some on hand. This is such an easy, inexpensive, sugar-free & calorie-free drink that tastes amazing! It’s great for entertaining, and your kids will love it too – like a “fruit” drink only without the crazy sugar high; it’s basically the perfect beverage!!

From Livestrong.com, Health Benefits of Raspberry Tea include:

  • Reduce inflammation
  • Relieve pain associated with gout, arthritis and other inflammatory joint conditions due to the presence of anthocyanins, the chemical that gives them their red color.
  • Antioxidant properties found in the red raspberry help to protect cell membranes from damage from free radicals.
  • Raspberry Tea contains quercitin and anthrocyanins, which offer protection from bacteria and fungi in the system, aiding in reducing outbreaks of vaginal yeast infections and irritable bowel disease, according to the World’s Healthiest Foods website.
  • Used for thousands of years by Native Americans, red raspberry is helpful as a uterine tonic to strengthen the uterus during pregnancy.
  • Raspberry Tea contains ellagic acid, which provides cancer protection and contributes to cell death in certain kinds of cancer. The cancers noted as being most readily affected were esophageal, tongue, lung, colon, liver, skin and breast cancer.
  • Raspberry tea reduces the blood flow in females who bleed heavily during their periods. It also helps relieve cramps. Later in life, during menopause, it can support the adrenal glands as they try to compensate for the reduced functioning of the ovaries.

You can also make fabulous variations using a variety of teas like Red Zinger, Lemon Zinger, Orange/Tangerine, Cranberry, True Blueberry, Mint, and even Green Tea! The possibilities are endless! Who knew staying hydrated could be so delicious?!

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