Hydration – the Ayurvedic way

The other day, I created a poll on Instagram asking if my followers felt like they drank enough water. 73% of those who answered said NO. I then asked if my followers struggled with issues related to lack of hydration, such as dry skin, breakouts, chapped lips, or frequent UTIs – 55% of my followers said that the struggled with one or more of these issues! Finally, I asked my followers if they’d ever heard of Ayurveda, a system of holistic healing with Indian roots that’s been used for over 3,000 years. Not to my surprise, 89% of them had never heard of Ayurvedic medicine.

I only learned of Ayurveda within the past year, hearing about it on one of my favorite podcasts – Hippie Witch, hosted by Joanna Devoe. She spoke of mushroom coffee and drinking warm water throughout the day and my mind was blown – what kind of benefits could be found in a glass of warm water, and who the heck would want to drink it? Surprisingly to me, many people, and as of lately, even myself. Have you ever intentionally sipped a glass of warm water? Do you feel like you get enough water intake, period? Do you struggle with dry skin, lips, or hair? Do your pores appear clogged and produce little to no sweat when you work out? Do you have a hard time with bowel movements? If you don’t, or even if you do, I’m here to give you a few tips on hydrating the Ayurvedic way.

  • Instead of drinking cold water, drink lukewarm or hot water!

I know, I know… It doesn’t sound fantastic, a mouthful of warm water. Might as well drink water from the shower, right? WRONG. Sipping on lukewarm or hot water throughout the day actually has many benefits including increased circulation, easier bowel movements, and a more natural flow of the lymphatic system. Think of sipping on hot tea, minus the tea bag – it can be a method of relaxation, also.

  • Add these 4 ingredients to your water!

–  1 tsp of Himalayan sea salt to 32 oz of water
–  Lemon
–  Chia seeds (pre-soaked)
–  Ginger slices

OR, if you’re up for a challenge, add ALL 4 ingredients to a 32 oz container of water!

  • Drink 8 – 16 oz of warm water as soon as you wake up!

Drinking water as soon as you wake up helps you get rid of that parched feeling that happens overnight, as well as propelling the movement of your bowels and making you feel a little fuller so you don’t overeat during breakfast time. Yes, you’ll probably have a great pee after downing all this water, but eventually, your body will start absorbing the water instead of just letting it flow through. I don’t mean absorbing like bloating, either! I mean absorbing the water into your organs, leaving your skin looking supple and hydrated, eliminating dry hair, etc.

  • Find a water bottle to take with you during the day!

Make it convenient to drink water, instead of running to the soda machine or otherwise when you feel thirsty. I got my favorite water bottle at TJ Maxx (surprise, surprise!) and I carry it with me throughout the day at work. I notice that while I still drink coffee, too, I don’t drink as many cups per day because I’m drinking water also!

  • Challenge yourself to drink half of your body weight in ounces of water during the day!

So, I currently weigh 120 lbs, which means that I aim to drink 60 oz of water per day. If I’m already drinking 16 oz of water when I wake up in the morning, that only leaves 44 oz of water to drink throughout the day to meet my goal! That doesn’t sound too hard, right?

These are just a few easy ways to help your body feel more hydrated throughout the day! Trust me, even the smallest of changes make a difference. Drinking more water has definitely cleared my skin!

Are you ready to make some changes? Track your body’s progress! Write down your skin texture, urine color, or other deficits related to dehydration on DAY 1 and compare that to the benefits you’re seeing on DAY 30, then come back here and leave me a comment to let me know how you’re feeling!

XO

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