It’s the final week of New Year, New You! I honestly cannot believe how quickly this month has soared by, but I’m glad we’ve been passing the dreary winter days with talk about setting healthy habits in 2012. In case you’ve missed any of the posts from the past 3 weeks, here’s a quick recap:
This final week is all about staying hydrated with high-quality liquids. So often we think of food as being the key player in our overall wellness, but water is a critical element as well. It is estimated that our bodies are comprised of 60-80% water! Think of what that means if we are not properly hydrated. Our cells need water to thrive and carry out their many duties in our bodies.
A while back, I read a fascinating book called Your Body’s Many Cries for Water: You’re Not Sick, You’re Thirsty!, which highlighted just how vital water is for our health. You can survive for days (even weeks) without food, but your system rapidly deteriorates without water.
My top tips for staying hydrated:
- Set a timer. I recently began using one of these handy timers for my interval workouts, and I’ve found that it also makes an excellent water timer. Every 30 minutes when the timer goes off, it reminds me to drink at least a half cup of water. I gulp it down, hit the reset button, and start all over again. It’s amazing just how quickly a half hour goes by before it’s time to drink up again!
- Flavor your water. If you don’t like it’s taste, add a few drops of essential oils, citrus wedges, or stevia to give your glass a flavor boost. A reader mentioned to me recently how she likes to cook cranberries down with water to make a thick (unsweetened) sauce, then strains them and adds them to a glass of cold water for a refreshing sugar-free beverage. Sounds fantastic to me!
- Eat plenty of fruits and vegetables. Water comes to us not only by the glass, but also in fresh produce. A veggie and fruit-centric diet will deliver water as well as other vital nutrients to your thirsty cells.
The recipe below for a soothing Fennel, Mint, & Ginger Tea is one of my favorite hydrating beverages to sip this time of year. If I feel like I’m coming down with a cold or other bug, I’ll add a splash of apple cider vinegar to the tea as well. Both fennel and ginger are incredibly soothing to the stomach, while mint offers fresh flavor and plenty of antioxidants.
For more tips and recipes for staying hydrated, check out:
- Lexie’s Kitchen sharing Cherry Lime Chia Fresca
- Gluten-Free Easily sharing Tips for Staying Hydrated
- Real Sustenance sharing Sugar-Free Ginger Ale
This week I’m giving away one (16 ounce) LifeFactory glass water bottle in aqua blue! I drink from my lime green bottle every single day. LifeFactory bottles are free of BPA, PVC, phthalates, and lead. They are also dishwasher safe, but very easy to clean if you wash them by hand.
Enter to win:
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The giveaway is open until 12:00 CST on Wednesday, February 1, 2012. The winner will be randomly selected and notified that they have won via email. Contest is open to residents of the United States and Canada only, age 18 years or older.
Full disclosure: I purchased the product for this giveaway myself because I have personally tried it and endorse it. This is not a sponsored post.
Fennel, Mint, & Ginger Tea
Makes 1 cup of tea
1 cup water
1 tablespoon fennel seeds
1 one-inch piece finely grated fresh ginger root
1/4 cup fresh mint leaves, torn
Apple cider vinegar, honey, or unsweetened almond milk to taste, if desired
Bring the water to a boil in a small pot. Add the fennel, ginger, and mint leaves and stir to combine. Remove from heat, cover, and steep for 8-10 minutes. Strain, add other ingredients if using, and enjoy.