One of the most important things to do when it comes to growing a garden, is providing the proper food and water to the plants. Seedlings generally need more water than adult plants, and the quality of the water does count. Something that seems so simple can help with vast improvements. So where does that leave you?
As much as 55 to 80 percent of your body is composed of water (the leaner you are, the higher the percentage). We cannot live without enough water, and cannot live well when dehydrated, even a little bit. We need water to keep organs hydrated and working properly.
Water will hydrate your skin, control weight, increase energy, keep your immune system healthy, assist your thyroid in maintaining body temperature and the super important task of flushing out waste and toxins. Water is the medium that many nutrients travel and interact with one another in. Chemical reactions in the body are dependent on it. And once pregnant, 99% of the amniotic fluid is water!
Your end goal during this period should be to drink 1 liter of water for every 50 pounds of body weight, every day (so, if you weigh 150lbs, that’s 3 litres of water). Best to drink room temperature water throughout the day and avoid ice water, especially when eating – it can slow your digestion down. Also avoid drinking lots of water with meals, because you’ll dilute those precious digestive enzymes and they won’t be able to do their job at breaking down your food properly!
The quality of your water is just as important as the quantity. Municipal tap water should be avoided due to the treatment process (there is even some that comes out of the tap still smelling like the chlorine it was treated with!) Proper water filtration is important, and your Brita filter isn’t going to do it. Re-mineralized reverse osmosis is the most attainable and available. Water with minerals is important – if your reverse osmosis water isn’t re-mineralized, it’s considered “dead” water! Either add a pinch Celtic Sea Salt or Himalayan pink salt (all 84 essential minerals your body needs are found in these salts!)
You need to drink before you get thirsty, since thirst is a sign of dehydration (as is headaches, fatigue, muscle cramps, increased heart rate and body temperature and of course decreased perspiration and urination). If your food mood poop journal shows that you are suffering from constipation aka deer poop or not at least daily (in a perfect world, we would poop 3 times a day, perfectly formed), you could be suffering from dehydration.
You should also replace your plastic water bottle with either glass or stainless steel! Part of cleaning up your soil is to reduce your exposures to plastics and their components. If you find you are having a tough time reaching your hydration goals, there are devices and apps out there to help remind you – one I’ve used before is called “Waterminder”. Another way to remember is to simply set a reminder on your phone – top of the hour to have a glass of water, and you’ll reach your goals in no-time!
Another tip to increase your water intake is to use some no calorie flavour! Steep fruit, veggies (Yes! Cucumber water is amazing!), herbs (mint, ginger) or even herbal teas into your water to increase the palatability and variety of your intake!
Non Water Hydration
Herbal teas can be a great option to increase your water intake – and some may even boost fertility! Look for these in a single or combination – cinnamon, ginger, nettle leaf, red raspberry leaf, rose hip, rosebud or lemon balm! Many pre-mixed teas will have peppermint added as well to enhance the flavour (and mint tea is good for stress relief on it’s own!) Green tea is also a good option for everyone, pre-conception or not, just not as frequently due to the caffeine content (stick to one cup a day!) There are some to avoid due to potential complications with pregnancy, these include but are not limited to: St John’s Wort, Don Quai, Ginseng, Yarrow, Pennyroyal (known to cause miscarriage), Ephedra, and Liquorice Root. Also, stay away from rosemary, oregano, nutmeg and marjoram in large amounts.
Does coffee count?
No, coffee does not count as hydration. You may also want to be cautious of your caffeine intake during this period, as it has been known to affect fertility.
At the end of the day, most of us could use more hydration intake (don't forget we do get some hydration from our foods too - especially those juicy fruits and veggies!).
Make your proclamation and make it a goal to get more water in your day - your body will thank you!
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