It’s hot out there. When people start frying eggs on the sidewalk and baking cookies in their car, you know the temperatures are soaring. In this heat, our bodies are working harder than ever to keep us in balance. Did you know that the water in our bodies actually carries the heat away from our internal organs to prevent damage? This water then travels through our bloodstream to our skin, resulting in that telltale stream of sweat. This life-saving function of our bodies prevents heatstroke, a serious condition that affects thousands of people every summer. In order to keep our bodies in top condition, we will look at some SMARTER ways to rehydrate and replenish in this heat.
1. Determine How Much Water Your Body Needs
Did you know that we lose more than 8 oz of water per day just by breathing? We lose even more when we sweat, go to the bathroom and go about our daily activities. Our brains are comprised of more than 73% water, so remember to keep that smart muscle hydrated! We have all heard of the 8x8 rule, which is to drink 8 glasses of 8 oz of water per day. However, that rule is only a starting point for most people. Most doctors will agree nowadays that our water intake depends on our gender, age, activity level and external conditions such as heat. This terrific hydration calculator can help you account for your exact water consumption needs. Some scientists say that we should consider drinking up to 2-3 liters of water per day.
This sounds like quite a bit of water, but there are always ways to make getting your liquids interesting. Remember that it doesn’t always have to be water- the liquid in your juices, tea, coffee, beverages and soups all count toward your total. However, you will need to drink extra water to account for the diuretic effect that some of these beverages contain. Water is also plentiful (and better absorbed in our bodies) in fruits and vegetables, which leads us to our next topic.
2. Replenish Your Electrolytes through Food
We always see our favorite sports heroes swigging their sponsored electrolyte beverage, but most know that these brands are loaded with sugar. In fact, many of these athletes don’t even drink those brands at all- they just fill those branded bottles with plain old fashioned water. So what is an alternative for those of us who don’t like the empty calories of a sugary sports drink?
The answer is simple- it’s eating your vegetables! The water in veggies is bound to other molecules that help hydrate our cells more efficiently and allows our bodies to retain it for optimal use. Studies have shown that fruits and vegetables can actually hydrate the body up to twice as effectively as a glass of water!
“When we eat water-rich foods, we absorb water more slowly because it is trapped in the structure of these foods,” says Dr. Howard Murad of UCLA. “That slow absorption means the water in food stays in our bodies longer, and brings a multitude of additional benefits.”
Another study found that the natural sugars, proteins, mineral salts and vitamins in vegetables also helped replace the nutrients lost through exercise. Dr. Murad called this type of hydration “structured water.” Simply put - vegetables are a lot smarter than we have given them credit for!
For those of us that want an electrolyte boost, look no further than your local farmer’s market. These are just some of the many healthy foods that are rich in electrolytes, delicious to eat and and wonderfully replenishing for our bodies.
Sodium Chloride- kelp, tomatoes, lettuce, celery and olives
Potassium- coconuts, bananas, sweet potatoes, green leafy vegetables such as spinach and kale, avocado
Magnesium- leafy green vegetables, whole grains, nuts, beans
Calcium- kale, broccoli, bok choy
3. Juice Cleanse for the SMARTEST Hydration
Now for the best part- we can blend the best of both worlds. There is a delicious way you can get all those veggies, naturally-occurring electrolytes and water. The summer is a wonderful time to consider doing a SMART juice cleanse, which is wonderfully hydrating and a cooling treat for your overheated body. A carefully planned system of balanced juices throughout the day can nourish and provide your body with optimal hydration. The optimal juice cleanse is balanced with plant-based proteins, superfood fibers and all the green vegetables you need for one day.
We include a perfect blend of cold pressed juices and whole vegetables, which maintains the integrity of the natural electrolytes that replenish our bodies. Not only that, it maintains the natural protein and plant fibers that naturally occur in veggies, allowing our bodies to absorb the “structured water” complex more readily. Unlike many of the fruit juices, which flood our bodies with sugar instead of nutrients, our balanced SMART Pressed Juices were created to hydrate efficiently with less than one gram of sugar. Since they are pressed juice powders, we can mix them with mineral water, unfiltered apple juice, coconut water or nut milks for the most hydrating treat of all. With the SMART Pressed juice cleanse, you can get up to 50 ounces of water through your juices alone.
When science says that vegetables help our bodies replenish our fluids better than plain water, we start to pay attention. When it’s proven that veggies are TWICE as effective as water, we start juicing! So when the thermostat starts rising, remember to add a scoop of our delicious juice powders to your favorite mixer and drink to your health! Cheers from SMART Pressed Juice ,to another great summer and even better you!