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Am I Hungry or just Thirsty?

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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29 Responses to “Am I Hungry or just Thirsty?”

  1. Kibby February 8, 2012 at 6:49 pm #

    Oh, Linda, this couldn’t have come at a better time. Reading the symptoms – I believe I am dehydrated. I drink A LOT in the mornings (hot lemon water, green juice (16 oz.) followed later by a glowing green smoothie(32 oz.) but I am bad to drink thru out the day like I should. Knowing this now, I will be drinking LOTS more water/herbal teas/juices, etc. thru out day/into evening. Thanks again!

    • Linda February 10, 2012 at 9:08 am #

      I know, I posted this because it was something I was noticing in my own life!! I’ve been guzzling this raspberry tea and feeling so much better over the last few days!!

      • Kibby February 10, 2012 at 10:57 am #

        I went to the store this morning and bought some Raspberry Zinger, Wild Berry Zinger and Rosehips tea and will be making soon. I made some Tangerine/Orange Zinger with lemon and stevia last night – SHAZAAAM! Love it! My husband had some grolsch beer bottles (left over from a long time ago – but cool bottles) and I filled up three of them with the 8 cups. Thanks again!

  2. Kate February 8, 2012 at 6:56 pm #

    I notice a HUGE difference when I actually remember to keep myself hydrated. I have noticeably more energy, my skin feels better and I can make it through my work day without eating the random junk food that is always available. The trick is remembering to keep my 32oz. water bottle at work all the time.

    • Linda February 10, 2012 at 9:07 am #

      Me too!!!!

  3. Anonymous February 8, 2012 at 7:24 pm #

    I thought you were talking to me:)

  4. Anna February 9, 2012 at 12:43 am #

    So, no boiling required?

  5. simone February 9, 2012 at 7:04 am #

    hi Linda
    thanks for this…I have a whole box of red zinger in the cupboard I had forgotten about , so will get back in the habit of making it again today for me and the kids…love the idea of adding lemon juice as well. Have never used stevia, and have just ordered some…how much do you recommend to start with? Or I assume raw honey would also be an ok addition? thanks.

    • Linda February 10, 2012 at 9:05 am #

      Honey would be fine. I like to use stevia because I am prone to yeast and candida. Most people are!! Using stevia helps me stay lean, maintain clear skin, energy, and mental focus. If you do well with sugar and have no signs or symptoms you may use honey. Also, honey is fine for children 🙂

  6. Lisa February 9, 2012 at 8:39 am #

    I found your website last night and this morning have a quart jar of raspberry tea lemonade to drink. 🙂

    We used to juice a lot and make green smoothies but have gotten away from it. Finding your website is just the encouragement we need to get back on the right, healthy track.

    Looking forward to reading through your archives and see what you have in the future.
    Lisa

    • Linda February 10, 2012 at 9:03 am #

      Yay Lisa!! Looks like it’s time to get back on track!! Staying more hydrated is always a wonderful first step! xo

  7. Jana February 9, 2012 at 12:36 pm #

    excellent post, you are so right…even if I drink herbal tea the whole day long, sometimes I do realise (when on travel) that id id not drink enough…how many litres is the required daily dose? I am a bit confused by the American ounces:-)thanks U!

  8. Anonymous February 9, 2012 at 5:00 pm #

    Linda- I’ll be making this pronto! Thank you for who you are!

  9. Mary mygreendiet.com February 9, 2012 at 10:59 pm #

    These photos are fabulous. Love the post. I love to steep cucumber, lemon, mint and basil in water over night- definitely helps me drink up! xo.

    • Linda February 10, 2012 at 8:58 am #

      yes! Me too!!

  10. Anonymous February 10, 2012 at 11:09 am #

    We made this on Wednesday night. It was gone by Thursday! My boys (5,4 and 1-1/2) loved it!! 🙂 Thanks for the great idea!!

  11. Tamara February 12, 2012 at 6:13 pm #

    I have heard that Stevia is not safe for pregnant women to drink. What can you tell me about this.

    • Linda February 21, 2012 at 12:59 pm #

      I’ve never heard this. I have many friends and colleagues who have had stevia during pregnancy…but do what you feel is right for you. If you don’t feel comfortable, then don’t use it 🙂

  12. Kibby February 12, 2012 at 7:42 pm #

    Linda, I have been having so much FUN making different teas and drinking them thru out the day (making my husband stay hydrated too) – he’s loving them also. I just made a blueberry/Acai/Maqui tea that is really good! I used Celestial Seasoning True Blueberry tea, Navitas Naturals Acai powder and their Maqui powder with vanilla stevia. Super healthy and full of antioxidants! I wouldn’t have started doing these teas without your vlog on the hydration issue – THANKS!

    • Linda February 21, 2012 at 12:59 pm #

      Your combo sounds super yummmy Kibby!! I wish we were in the same place so we could create amazing concoctions together!!

      • Kibby February 22, 2012 at 7:29 am #

        Me too! We would have fun creating in the kitchen. Last night I made a Celestial Seasonings Moroccan Pomegranate African Rooibos Red Tea with lemon juice and vanilla stevia. Wow! Each new variety I concoct, amazes me! It is really keeping me creative at staying hydrated (and wanting to). I’ll sometimes put some camu camu in a glass when I need some extra Vit. C for immunity boosting and it makes that more palatable (camu is a bit acrid/tart).

  13. Cyndy Clairmont April 11, 2012 at 2:03 pm #

    I just tried this lemonade and I LOVE it!! I was trying to fine something else to drink that didn’t have all the calories, but lots of flavor and I found it!! Thank you for all of the great recipes you post!!

    • Linda April 11, 2012 at 7:20 pm #

      Yay!!! It’s one of my faves too Cyndy!! xo

  14. Mary Beth June 4, 2012 at 5:42 pm #

    Staying hydrated is the one thing I have a hard time with, even though I know how important it is! And it’s actually kind of funny considering how much time and effort I put into my healthy lifestyle….. and how FREAKIN’ easy it is to drink a dang glass of water. I tried this tea today and it is so delicious and refreshing! I didn’t know how good raspberry tea is for you either – Bonus! I’ve been making tons of stevia lemonade lately to keep myself drinking water throughout the day, so adding a few teabags will be super easy to do. Thanks again for being awesome! xxoo ~mb

  15. Catherine Green August 4, 2012 at 4:37 pm #

    You talk above about ** Soda, caffeinated beverages, processed juices and coffee are not included as they are actually dehydrating. ** is home brewed unsweetened tea, for ice tea also dehydrating??
    I love your site… I am trying to do a Life Style change and also lose 35 pounds. I have a Vitamix but do not use it as much as I should. I have super intense taste buds and a sensitive smell, so I have issues with after tastes and the taste of adding healthy things to my smoothies and I can smell things too. (like Salba **Salba is an amazing natural food source of Omega 3 fatty acids and fiber.) I can taste the Salba with the berry smoothies.. Any suggestions?

  16. Gypsy July 28, 2014 at 3:42 am #

    This looks very good. I used to be low carb and it worked well for me but then it stppeod working. Don’t know why. Now I eat Low Fat quite a bit and it works now. Didn’t for years.Anyway, a question does xylitol also work here? I still have quite a bit left in my cabinet and don’t know what to do with it. I thought I would try this with it. Also, I use Stevia powder (real thing, not Truvia which has Stevia and a fake sugar in it) so how much of it would I use?

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