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How To Stay Hydrated Besides Drinking Water (+10 Recipes)

How To Stay Hydrated Besides Drinking Water (+10 Recipes)

Dehydration is one of the most overlooked health issues people suffer from today. Most of us are so busy going about our work day that we completely forget to drink enough fluids each day. It’s true that keeping a water bottle with you can increase the chances that you’ll drink more water, but there are other ways to stay hydrated besides drinking water you might like to be aware of. Before we take a look at those, let’s look at a few key signs of dehydration. Because you can’t address a problem until you learn how to spot it, right?

Common Signs of Dehydration:

  • Hungry after eating
  • Dry lips/mouth
  • Bladder pain
  • Anxiety
  • Kidney problems
  • Yellow urine
  • Excessive thirstiness
  • Constipation

These are just some of the most common signs you may not be drinking enough water, and most people don’t realize they need more liquids until they’re way past the point of being dehydrated. So, the best way to stay on top of your hydration needs is to find ways to consume more liquids and water-rich foods throughout the day.

Taking in enough fluids can help lower cortisol in the body, prevent false hunger signals, keep your bladder healthy, ensure your kidneys filter toxins as they should, and your lips should stay moist and supple. You may also notice you have less headaches throughout the day and are more energetic. Your kidneys shouldn’t cause issues for you when you consume enough water, and you may even have a flatter tummy since your body can filter wastes more effectively. Drinking enough water is a great place to start when you want to start hydrating more effectively, but you can also consume more water-rich foods too.

8 ways to increase your water intake throughout the day:

  1. Drink a smoothie for breakfast, and feel free to enjoy coffee. Although coffee is a diuretic, it can also count as a liquid and will hydrate you temporarily. (It may also be necessary for some of us!). Having a smoothie is also a great way to get in some water and fiber from your ingredients. Fiber helps hold water in the body and also uses the water to keep you regular. If you need some ideas, check out these healthy smoothie ideas!
  2. Consume a salad or soup with your lunch. You can turn them into your main meal if you wish, but even if you don’t have a salad or soup as the main star of your meal, at least consume a small side of one of them. Make sure you don’t have a lot of sodium in the soup or in the dressing. Salt depletes the body from water more quickly. Use water rich foods in your salad and soup like squash, cucumber, zucchini, lettuce, greens, tomatoes, etc.
  3. Have at least two pieces of fruit per day. Most fruits are 90 percent water and they will help stabilize your electrolytes. They’re also a good source of fiber and will satisfy your sweet tooth.
  4. Avoid take-out and processed meals which are packed with sodium and not much water. They dry out the system and can increase levels of dehydration more quickly (not to mention causing bloating).
  5. Eat less sugar and eat more fiber. Sugar can put excessive strain on the kidneys while fiber slows down blood sugar levels and holds water in the body. This one tip may even help you lose a little weight!
  6. Aim to eat produce with every meal. It’s a natural source of water and an easy way to work some into your day.
  7. Drink herbal tea throughout the day if you get tired of water, or have a few cups after dinner or in place of coffee in the morning.
  8. Use an app on your phone to notify you to drink a glass of water every single hour or every hour and a half. You can use your alerts and there are other special apps catered to drinking more water.

You may be surprised at how much better you feel after you incorporate these ways to stay hydrated besides drinking water. But if you are still not sure exactly how to do that, here are some meal ideas you might enjoy incorporating into your day.

10 Hydrating Recipes to Try:

1. Blueberry Chia Oatmeal

    Source: Lauren Kelly Nutrition

    Oatmeal is one of the best foods you can eat in order to prevent hydration because oats help keep you hydrated due to their unique beta-glucan fibers that also soak up cholesterol and excrete it from the body. Try this recipe for Blueberry Chia Oatmeal by Lauren Kelly which also features chia seeds. Chia seeds also help keep you hydrated since they act like grains as they soak and also help hold water in the body.

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    2. The Best Ever Green Smoothie

      Image Source: Iowa Girl Eats

      Smoothies are a fantastic way to consume more liquids throughout the day, but they’re especially helpful to drink at breakfast to ensure you start your day off right. So enjoy the Best Ever Green Smoothie by Iowa Girl Eats with your oatmeal at breakfast. Or, have it for a quick snack on the go!

      3. Pear Ginger Smoothie

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        Source: Pear Ginger Smoothie

        This smoothie acts like a meal since it contains protein and healthy fats along with greens and fruit. So on those mornings you can’t fix a breakfast for yourself, or when you need a quick lunch, make this Pear Ginger Smoothie by Recipe Runner. It features pears and yogurt which are naturally rich in water and can help establish healthy fluid levels. They also make a great smoothie too!

        4. Refreshing Tomato Avocado Salad

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          Source: Hurry the Food Up

          Full of fruits and veggies, this refreshing salad by Hurry the Food Up would make a great addition to any lunch or serve as the perfect bed of nutrition for some lean protein. The ingredients in this salad are full of water, not to mention they are also packed with vitamins and minerals to help keep you feeling great.

          5. Berry Watermelon Fruit Salad

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            Source: Fork, Knife Swoon

            For snacks, have a bowl of fruit such as watermelon which is mostly all water and a few vitamins and antioxidants. Watermelon is one of the best foods to eat in order to increase hydration, plus, it’s pretty fun and delicious to eat too! Berry Watermelon Fruit Salad by Fork Knife Swoon would also make a great dessert or addition to any meal. Berries are a great source of fiber that will also help keep you regular and reduce your risk of heart disease.

            6. Zucchini Summer Soup

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              Source: Primavera Kitchen

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              Soup doesn’t sound appealing to most of us during the warmer months, but a summer soup can be a great way to take in more water and it can also be delicious too. Try this Zucchini Summer Soup by Primavera Kitchen which is not only filled with hydrating ingredients but also free of added sodium so it won’t cause dehydration.

              7. Greek Yogurt Power Bowl

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                Source: Nutritious Kitchen

                Greek yogurt is a great source of protein and it’s full of water and probiotics. Fruits and chia seeds included in this bowl also help supply the body with vitamins, minerals, amino acids, and fiber. These benefits help you establish not only lean and healthy muscles and a healthy digestive tract, but it will also support your body’s natural hydration levels. Get the recipe here from Nutritious Kitchen.

                8. Coconut Mango Overnight Oats

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                  Source: The Busy Baker

                  Mango is a great source of water and Vitamin C, and it’s a natural way to increase your water intake through your meals. Other water-rich fruits you can enjoy with oatmeal are melons, pineapple, apples, and pears. Pair a few of your favorite fruits together with some oats, chia, yogurt, and soak them overnight for a quick porridge. Here’s a great recipe to start with from The Busy Baker.

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                  9. Berry Avocado Salad With Raspberry Poppyseed Dressing

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                    Source: The Recipe Critic

                    This refreshing salad recipe is a fantastic option to enjoy at lunch with your favorite source of protein or as a light lunch. It’s filled with water-rich greens, fibrous berries, and avocado which is a great source of water and potassium plus fiber too. Potassium found in fruits and vegetables is one of the most important minerals to combat excessive water weight, but it’s also one that helps ensure you stay hydrated too.

                    10. Vegan Creamy Zucchini Soup

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                      Source: Avocado Pesto

                      This summertime soup is not only comforting and nourishing but also filled with one of the most hydrating types of produce you can eat: zucchini! Zucchini is packed with water along with Vitamin C and fiber so it’s a great ingredient to include in meals wherever you can. When blended, it also turns into a scrumptious, creamy soup that helps keep you satisfied. Check out this vegan and gluten-free recipe from Avocado Pesto and whip up a batch soon!

                      By incorporating these tips and recipes into each day, you’ll be more hydrated in no time. However, if you still need some motivation to consume more liquids and water-rich foods throughout the day, check out these 10 reasons you should be drinking more water. Now, grab some H2O and get started!

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                      12 Best Brain Foods that Improve Memory

                      12 Best Brain Foods that Improve Memory

                      Nutrition plays a vital role in brain function and staying sharp into the golden years. Personally, my husband is going through medical school, which is like a daily mental marathon. Like any good wife, I am always looking for things that will boost his memory fortitude so he does his best in school.

                      But you don’t have to be a med student to appreciate better brainiac brilliance. If you combine certain foods with good hydration, proper sleep and exercise, you may just rival Einstein and have a great memory in no time.

                      I’m going to reveal the list of foods coming out of the kitchen that can improve your memory and make you smarter.

                      Here are 12 best brain foods that improve memory:

                      1. Nuts

                      The American Journal of Epidemiology published a study linking higher intakes of vitamin E with the prevention on cognitive decline.[1]

                      Nuts like walnuts and almonds (along with other great foods like avocados) are a great source of vitamin E.

                      Cashews and sunflower seeds also contain an amino acid that reduces stress by boosting serotonin levels.

                      Walnuts even resemble the brain, just in case you forget the correlation, and are a great source of omega 3 fatty acids, which also improve your mental magnitude.

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                      2. Blueberries

                      Shown in studies at Tuffs University to benefit both short-term memory and coordination, blueberries pack quite a punch in a tiny blue package.[2]

                      When compared to other fruits and veggies, blueberries were found to have the highest amount of antioxidants (especially flavonoids), but strawberries, raspberries, and blackberries are also full of brain benefits.

                      3. Tomatoes

                      Tomatoes are packed full of the antioxidant lycopene, which has shown to help protect against free-radical damage most notably seen in dementia patients.

                      4. Broccoli

                      While all green veggies are important and rich in antioxidants and vitamin C, broccoli is a superfood even among these healthy choices.

                      Since your brain uses so much fuel (it’s only 3% of your body weight but uses up to 17% of your energy), it is more vulnerable to free-radical damage and antioxidants help eliminate this threat.

                      Broccoli is packed full of antioxidants, is well-known as a powerful cancer fighter and is also full of vitamin K, which is known to enhance cognitive function.

                      5. Foods Rich in Essential Fatty Acids

                      Your brain is the fattest organ (not counting the skin) in the human body, and is composed of 60% fat. That means that your brain needs essential fatty acids like DHA and EPA to repair and build up synapses associated with memory.

                      The body does not naturally produce essential fatty acids so we must get them in our diet.

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                      Eggs, flax, and oily fish like salmon, sardines, mackerel and herring are great natural sources of these powerful fatty acids. Eggs also contain choline, which is a necessary building block for the neurotransmitter acetylcholine, to help you recall information and concentrate.

                      6. Soy

                      Soy, along with many other whole foods mentioned here, are full of proteins that trigger neurotransmitters associated with memory.

                      Soy protein isolate is a concentrated form of the protein that can be found in powder, liquid, or supplement form.

                      Soy is valuable for improving memory and mental flexibility, so pour soy milk over your cereal and enjoy the benefits.

                      7. Dark chocolate

                      When it comes to chocolate, the darker the better. Try to aim for at least 70% cocoa. This yummy desert is rich in flavanol antioxidants which increase blood flow to the brain and shield brain cells from aging.

                      Take a look at this article if you want to know more benefits of dark chocolate:

                      15 Surprising and Science-Backed Health Effects of Dark Chocolate

                      8. Foods Rich in Vitamins: B vitamins, Folic Acid, Iron

                      Some great foods to obtain brain-boosting B vitamins, folic acid and iron are kale, chard, spinach and other dark leafy greens.

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                      B6, B12 and folic acid can reduce levels of homocysteine in the blood. Homocysteine increases are found in patients with cognitive impairment like Alzheimer’s, and high risk of stroke.

                      Studies showed when a group of elderly patients with mild cognitive impairment were given high doses of B6, B12, and folic acid, there was significant reduction in brain shrinkage compared to a similar placebo group.[3]

                      Other sources of B vitamins are liver, eggs, soybeans, lentils and green beans. Iron also helps accelerate brain function by carrying oxygen. If your brain doesn’t get enough oxygen, it can slow down and people can experience difficulty concentrating, diminished intellect, and a shorter attention span.

                      To get more iron in your diet, eat lean meats, beans, and iron-fortified cereals. Vitamin C helps in iron absorption, so don’t forget the fruits!

                      9. Foods Rich in Zinc

                      Zinc has constantly demonstrated its importance as a powerful nutrient in memory building and thinking. This mineral regulates communications between neurons and the hippocampus.

                      Zinc is deposited within nerve cells, with the highest concentrations found in the hippocampus, the part of the brain responsible for higher learning function and memory.

                      Some great sources of zinc are pumpkin seeds, liver, nuts, and peas.

                      10. Gingko biloba

                      This herb has been utilized for centuries in eastern culture and is best known for its memory boosting brawn.

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                      It can increase blood flow in the brain by dilating vessels, increasing oxygen supply and removing free radicals.

                      However, don’t expect results overnight: this may take a few weeks to build up in your system before you see improvements.

                      11. Green and black tea

                      Studies have shown that both green and black tea prevent the breakdown of acetylcholine—a key chemical involved in memory and lacking in Alzheimer’s patients.

                      Both teas appear to have the same affect on Alzheimer’s disease as many drugs utilized to combat the illness, but green tea wins out as its affects last a full week versus black tea which only lasts the day.

                      Find out more about green tea here:

                      11 Health Benefits of Green Tea (+ How to Drink It for Maximum Benefits)

                      12. Sage and Rosemary

                      Both of these powerful herbs have been shown to increase memory and mental clarity, and alleviate mental fatigue in studies.

                      Try to enjoy these savory herbs in your favorite dishes.

                      When it comes to mental magnitude, eating smart can really make you smarter. Try to implement more of these readily available nutrients and see just how brainy you can be!

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