Hydrating Elixir

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Hangover help, Altitude adjuster, Post workout refresher, Sickness salve and Summertime savior

Coconut water is delicious. If you are dehydrated, you need to drink a lot of water to replace the fluids in your body. You may also be low on electrolytes which are critical for keeping the body functioning well. A tall glass of coconut water can give you a little jump-start back to hydration as it contains electrolytes and obviously fluid.

Dehydration occurs when the body loses more water than it takes in. This can be because of illness such as vomiting and diarrhea, or the use of diuretics, as well as profuse sweating. Excessive alcohol intake can leave you feeling pretty shaky and thirsty as well.

Electrolytes are mineral salts that dissolve into positive and negative charges in our bodies, regulating the flow of water in the cells and stimulating nerve impulses that control body functions such as keeping our hearts beating. Kind of important!

If you are feeling depleted from a hard workout, a bug or a bender, this simple concoction can soothe and hydrate you again as coconut water contains electrolytes. Plus, it’s so tasty it’s easy to get your kids to drink it too.

Seeing as how I live in the middle of the Rockies, I use coconut water from a carton. To my glass of goodness I add the juice of half a lime and a small pinch of Himalayan salt which helps balance electrolytes. The lime cuts the sweetness of the coconut water and adds a squirt of vitamins to your poor, parched body.

Follow up with at least two tall glasses of water. If you aren’t sure why being hydrated is so important, check out my page on the lymphatic system.