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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

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      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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                      Last Updated on August 20, 2019

                      How to Control Your Thoughts and Be the Master of Your Mind

                      How to Control Your Thoughts and Be the Master of Your Mind

                      Your mind is the most powerful tool you have for the creation of good in your life, but if not used correctly, can also be the most destructive force in your life.

                      Your mind, more specifically, your thoughts, affect your perception and therefore, your interpretation of reality. (And here’s Why Your Perception Is Your Reality.)

                      I have heard that the average person thinks around 70,000 thoughts a day. That’s a lot, especially if they are unproductive, self-abusive and just a general waste of energy.

                      You can let your thoughts run amok, but why would you? It is your mind, your thoughts; isn’t it time to take your power back? Isn’t it time to take control?

                      Choose to be the person who is actively, consciously thinking your thoughts. Become the master of your mind.

                      When you change your thoughts, you will change your feelings as well, and you will also eliminate the triggers that set off those feelings. Both of these outcomes provide you with a greater level of peace in your mind.

                      I currently have few thoughts that are not of my own choosing or a response from my reprogramming. I am the master of my mind, so now my mind is quite peaceful. Yours can be too!

                      Who Is Thinking My Thoughts?

                      Before you can become the master of your mind, you must recognize that you are currently at the mercy of several unwanted “squatters” living in your mind, and they are in charge of your thoughts. If you want to be the boss of them, you must know who they are and what their motivation is, and then you can take charge and evict them.

                      Here are four of the “squatters” in your head that create the most unhealthy and unproductive thoughts:

                      1. The Inner Critic

                      This is your constant abuser who is often a conglomeration of:

                      • Other people’s words; many times your parents.
                      • Thoughts you have created based on your own or other peoples expectations.
                      • Comparing yourself to other people, including those in the media.
                      • The things you told yourself as a result of painful experiences such as betrayal and rejection. Your interpretation creates your self-doubt and self-blame, which are most likely undeserved in cases of rejection and betrayal.

                      The Inner Critic is motivated by pain, low self-esteem, lack of self-acceptance and lack of self-love.

                      Why else would this person abuse you? And since this person is actually you– why else would you abuse yourself? Why would you let anyone treat you this badly?

                      2. The Worrier

                      This person lives in the future; in the world of “what ifs.”

                      The Worrier is motivated by fear which is often irrational and with no basis for it. Occasionally, this person is motivated by fear that what happened in the past will happen again.

                      3. The Reactor or Trouble-Maker

                      This is the one that triggers anger, frustration and pain. These triggers stem from unhealed wounds of the past. Any experience that is even closely related to a past wound will set him off.

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                      This person can be set off by words or feelings, and can even be set off by sounds and smells.

                      The Reactor has no real motivation and has poor impulse control and is run by past programming that no longer serves you, if it ever did.

                      4. The Sleep Depriver

                      This can be a combination of any number of different squatters including the inner planner, the rehasher, and the ruminator, along with the inner critic and the worrier.

                      The Sleep Depriver’s motivation can be:

                      • As a reaction to silence, which he fights against
                      • Taking care of the business you neglected during the day
                      • Self-doubt, low self-esteem, insecurity and generalized anxiety
                      • As listed above for the inner critic and worrier

                      How can you control these squatters?

                      How to Master Your Mind

                      You are the thinker and the observer of your thoughts. You must pay attention to your thoughts so you can identify “who” is running the show; this will determine which technique you will want to use.

                      Begin each day with the intention of paying attention to your thoughts and catching yourself when you are thinking undesirable thoughts.

                      There are two ways to control your thoughts:

                      • Technique A – Interrupt and replace them
                      • Technique B – Eliminate them altogether

                      This second option is what is known as peace of mind!

                      The technique of interrupting and replacing is a means of reprogramming your subconscious mind. Eventually, the replacement thoughts will become the “go to” thoughts in the applicable situations.

                      Use Technique A with the Inner Critic and Worrier; and Technique B with the Reactor and Sleep Depriver.

                      For the Inner Critic

                      When you catch yourself thinking something negative about yourself (calling yourself names, disrespecting yourself, or berating yourself), interrupt it.

                      You can yell (in your mind), “Stop! No!” or, “Enough! I’m in control now.” Then, whatever your negative thought was about yourself, replace it with an opposite or counter thought or an affirmation that begins with “I am.”

                      For example, if your thought is, “I’m such a loser,” you can replace it with, “I am a Divine Creation of the Universal Spirit. I am a perfect spiritual being learning to master the human experience. I am a being of energy, light, and matter. I am magnificent, brilliant, and beautiful. I love and approve of myself just as I am.”

                      You can also have a dialogue with yourself with the intention of discrediting the ‘voice’ that created the thought, if you know whose voice it is:

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                      “Just because so-and-so said I was a loser doesn’t make it true. It was his or her opinion, not a statement of fact. Or maybe they were joking and I took it seriously because I’m insecure.”

                      If you recognize that you have recurring self-critical thoughts, you can write out or pre-plan your counter thoughts or affirmation so you can be ready. This is the first squatter you should evict, forcefully, if necessary:

                      • They rile up the Worrier.
                      • The names you call yourself become triggers when called those names by others, so he also maintains the presence of the Reactor.
                      • They are often present when you try to fall asleep so he perpetuates the Sleep Depriver.
                      • They are a bully and is verbally and emotionally abusive.
                      • They are the destroyer of self-esteem. They convince you that you’re not worthy. They’re a liar! In the interest of your self-worth, get them out!

                      Eliminate your worst critic and you will also diminish the presence of the other three squatters.

                      Replace them with your new best friends who support, encourage, and enhance your life. This is a presence you want in your mind.

                      For the Worrier

                      Prolonged anxiety is mentally, emotionally and physically unhealthy. It can have long-term health implications.

                      Fear initiates the fight or flight response, creates worry in the mind and creates anxiety in the body.

                      You should be able to recognize a “worry thought” immediately by how you feel. The physiological signs that the fight or flight response of fear has kicked in are:

                      • Increased heart rate, blood pressure, or surge of adrenaline
                      • Shallow breathing or breathlessness
                      • Muscles tense

                      Use the above stated method to interrupt any thought of worry and then replace it. But this time you will replace your thoughts of worry with thoughts of gratitude for the outcome you wish for.

                      If you believe in a higher power, this is the time to engage with it. Here is an example:

                      Instead of worrying about my loved ones traveling in bad weather, I say the following (I call it a prayer):

                      “Thank you great spirit for watching over _______. Thank you for watching over his/her car and keeping it safe, road-worthy, and free of maintenance issues without warning. Thank you for surrounding him/her with only safe, conscientious, and alert drivers. And thank you for keeping him/her safe, conscientious, and alert.”

                      Smile when you think about it or say it aloud, and phrase it in the present tense; both of these will help you feel it and possibly even start to believe it.

                      If you can visualize what you are praying for, the visualization will enhance the feeling so you will increase the impact in your vibrational field.

                      Now take a calming breath, slowly in through your nose, and slowly out through the mouth. Take as many as you like!

                      Replacing fearful thoughts with gratitude will decrease reactionary behavior, taking the steam out of the Reactor.

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                      For example:

                      If your child gets lost in the mall, the typical parental reaction that follows the fearful thoughts when finding them is to yell at them.

                      “I told you never to leave my sight.” This reaction just adds to the child’s fear level from being lost in the first place. Plus, it also teaches them that mom and/or dad will get mad when he or she makes a mistake, which may make them lie to you or not tell you things in the future.

                      Change those fearful thoughts when they happen:

                      “Thank You (your choice of Higher Power) for watching over my child and keeping him safe. Thank you for helping me find him soon.”

                      Then, when you see your child after this thought process, your only reaction will be gratitude, and that seems like a better alternative for all people involved.

                      For the Trouble-Maker, Reactor or Over-Reactor

                      Permanently eliminating this squatter will take a bit more attention and reflection after the fact to identify and heal the causes of the triggers; but until then, you can prevent the Reactor from getting out of control by initiating conscious breathing as soon as you recognize his presence.

                      The Reactor’s thoughts or feelings activate the fight or flight response just like with the Worrier. The physiological signs of his presence will be the same. With a little attention, you should be able to tell the difference between anxiety, anger, frustration, or pain:

                      • Increased heart rate and blood pressure; surge of adrenaline
                      • Shallow breathing or breathlessness
                      • Muscles tension

                      I’m sure you’ve heard the suggestion to count to ten when you get angry—well, you can make those ten seconds much more productive if you are breathing consciously during that time.

                      Conscious breathing is as simple as it sounds; just be conscious of your breathing. Pay attention to the air going in and coming out.

                      Breathe in through your nose:

                      • Feel the air entering your nostrils.
                      • Feel your lungs filling and expanding.
                      • Focus on your belly rising.

                      Breathe out through your nose:

                      • Feel your lungs emptying.
                      • Focus on your belly falling.
                      • Feel the air exiting your nostrils.

                      Do this for as long as you like. Leave the situation if you want. This gives the adrenaline time to normalize.

                      Now you can address the situation with a calmer, more rational perspective and avoid damaging behavior.

                      One of the troubles this squatter causes is that it adds to the sleep depriver’s issues. By evicting, or at least controlling the Reactor, you will decrease reactionary behavior, which will decrease the need for the rehashing and ruminating that may keep you from falling asleep.

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                      Master your mind and stop the Reactor from bringing stress to you and your relationships!

                      For the Sleep Depriver

                      (They’re made up of the Inner Planner, the Rehasher and the Ruminator, along with the Inner Critic and the Worrier.)

                      I was plagued with a very common problem: not being able to turn off my mind at bedtime. This inability prevented me from falling asleep and thus, getting a restful and restorative night’s sleep.

                      Here’s how I mastered my mind and evicted the Sleep Depriver and all his cronies.

                      1. I started by focusing on my breathing—paying attention to the rise and fall of my belly—but that didn’t keep the thoughts out for long. (Actually, I now start with checking my at-rest mouth position to keep me from clenching.)
                      2. Then I came up with replacement strategy that eliminated uncontrolled thinking—imagining the word in while breathing in and thinking the word out when breathing out. I would (and do) elongate the word to match the length of my breath.

                      When I catch myself thinking, I shift back to in, out. With this technique, I am still thinking, sort of, but the wheels are no longer spinning out of control. I am in control of my mind and I choose quiet.

                      From the first time I tried this method I started to yawn after only a few cycles and am usually asleep within ten minutes.

                      For really difficult nights, I add an increase of attention by holding my eyes in a looking-up position (Closed, of course!). Sometimes I try to look toward my third eye but that really hurts my eyes.

                      If you have trouble falling asleep because you can’t shut off your mind, I strongly recommend you try this technique. I still use it every night. You can start sleeping better tonight!

                      You can also use this technique any time you want to:

                      • Fall back to sleep if you wake up too soon.
                      • Shut down your thinking.
                      • Calm your feelings.
                      • Simply focus on the present moment. 

                      The Bottom Line

                      Your mind is a tool, and like any other tool, it can be used for constructive purposes or for destructive purposes.

                      You can allow your mind to be occupied by unwanted, undesirable and destructive tenants, or you can choose desirable tenants like peace, gratitude, compassion, love, and joy.

                      Your mind can become your best friend, your biggest supporter, and someone you can count on to be there and encourage you. The choice is yours!

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