As summer bears down upon us, so does the humidity. As hot yogis, we LOVE the humidity as it helps us feel sooooo much more supple and flexible but it comes at a price…. a whole lot of sweat. In that sweat is not only water, but electrolytes and toxins. We only want back the electrolytes and the water, thanks.
First, we need to bust a myth: “Drinking 2-3 litres of water a day is the best way to hydrate”. The fact of the matter is there are plenty of people doing this and they remain largely dehydrated! The water is not really being well absorbed or utilised by the body but rather going straight through the system. The cells themselves become dehydrated and we are confused as to why our efforts are in vain.
Water is more rapidly absorbed into the bloodstream from the digestive tract, and into the cells when either certain salts, minerals and/or sugars are also consumed at the same time. This means that there are actually better ways to rehydrate rapidly than just drinking water alone. So, here’s the 3 quickest ways to hydrate, energise and be ready for your next class.
- Coconut Water: Coconut Water contains some wonderful natural nutrients including potassium and of course some natural sugars. It’s very important to read the label on your favourite coconut water as there is a very wide variation in the amount of sugar each product contains. This is dependant on where and when that company chooses to harvest their coconuts and some companies even add sugar to make it more palatable for the western market. We have chosen Raw C as our stocked coconut water due to it being the lowest sugar content – important if you don’t want to gain body fat. The high potassium level helps replace very valuable electrolytes and is absorbed very effectively in this beverage.
- Himalayan Salt: The cute looking pink salt which is all the rage is more than just a fad. It contains not just the standard sodium chloride (table salt) but also 84 other minerals essential to good health. Place a very small pinch (or large granule) in your drinking water and again, it will rapidly assist in replacing the electrolytes you sweated out in
class but will also assist in more rapid water absorption than just drinking plain water on its own.
- Water-rich Foods: Due to the fact that plain water isn’t the most readily available source of hydration (who’d a thought!),
eating a large range of water-rich foods, such as salad vegetables (lettuce, spinach, cucumber, capsicum, tomato – just to name a few) and in-season fruits… you will hydrate quickly and stay hydrated, especially once you’re in the habit of sourcing your nutrition from these food groups. With trace minerals, salts and natural sugars, the water is easily drawn across the digestive membranes and into the bloodstream to flush, nourish and hydrate your whole body.