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Staying Hydrated Naturally!

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During my first year of running, I was also a nursing mother. After long runs or really hard runs, I would find myself feeling sick or crampy and it was just miserable. I couldn’t figure out why I was having so much trouble until I realized I was not hydrating well. As a nursing mom, I didn’t even think about the extra fluids I would need to keep myself hydrated.

Even after I was done nursing, it still took me one more miserable post-race sick day to realize I needed to get serious about hydration. Not only did I rethink my hydration plan during runs, I also started looking at how much water I was really drinking on a regular basis and the level was pretty low.

My goal now is to stay well hydrated daily, even more so leading up to long runs + race days, and I’ve found new ways to add variety to my water intake in a natural way. Here are some of my favorite ways to stay hydrated naturally:

Staying Hydrated Naturally

Coconut water

I do not drink coconut water on a daily basis, but it has been my #1 help for rehydrating after a long, hard run or race. Coconut water is high in potassium as well as electrolytes. Some people don’t like the taste, but I don’t mind it, especially when I know it has helped me avoid sickness and cramps after a run.

SodaStream

We made the investment in a SodaStream earlier this year in an effort to cut back on pop and it is so much fun! There are lots of natural ways to flavor you DIY soda water at home, but my favorite so far has been with citrus essential oils. Using a glass cup {no plastic}, I put in some ice, followed by soda water, and then 1-3 drops of wild orange, lemon, or lime essential oil. It took me a little bit to get used to no sugar in my “fizzy” drink, but now I find it so refreshing! I drink at least 16 oz. of citrus soda water every day. Not all essential oils are ok for internal use, but these citrus oils from doTERRA are safe to ingest. Find out how to get your own essential oils here.

Frozen Fruit

Fruit in water looks pretty and frozen fruit can also help it stay cold. Frozen fruit is also a great way to add subtle flavor to your water. My friend Beki from The Rusted Chain mentioned the delight that is frozen pineapple in water, and after giving it a try, I have to agree! Frozen berries are also very yummy!

Good Old Water

Yes, I’m trying to tell you about variety here, but I really do love water as is. Ok, I prefer ice cold water, to be perfectly honest. But I’ve found that having a water bottle I love helps me drink more “plain old water” in a day. An insulated Camelbak has been my water best friend for a while now. I take it everywhere with me and it is the biggest help for me staying hydrated in the most natural way! I will admit to having bought a new water bottle for myself when I need new inspiration to drink more – no shame in that!

Staying well hydrated is important for so many aspects of our well-being. Pick some natural ways to make your water more exciting and you’ll find your whole body thanking you!

What is your favorite way to stay hydrated naturally?

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Comments

  1. Julie Berry says:

    You are not supposed to use doTERRA essential oils in plastic bottles. Only glass.

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    Erin Reply:

    Yep! That’s what I said, Julie! I don’t use oils in anything other than a glass cup! Thanks!

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    Erin Reply:

    I added an extra clarification just so no one is confused! Thanks for commenting!

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  2. Great ideas! Water is a tough habit for me but I’m going to try some of these.
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  3. I used to drink tons of diet coke and sweet tea, but I got to the point that I couldn’t handle the sugars in them – both real sugar and artificial. So I started drinking more water. I found that the more water I drink, the more water I want to drink.

    Now, if I get a 20 oz. bottle of soda, it takes me 2 or more days to finish it , IF I finish. I had to throw out almost a full gallon of tea because I made it and then didn’t drink any of it.

    I do agree with finding a water bottle you love. I bought a Tervis tumbler and use it all the time! It cost a lot more money than I wanted to spend, but has been well worth it. I take it everywhere with me.

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  4. Julie Berry says:

    Great information. I should have been more specific. I think it’s the photo of the plastic Camelbac bottle is what is misleading.

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    Erin Reply:

    I understand, Julie! I’m glad you checked with me though so I could clarify! Have a great day!

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  5. Great info, Erin! I love the idea of the Soda Stream. We aren’t big soda drinkers, but I like the idea of having different options for natural drinks to keep around the house. :)

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  6. Good ideas! We LOVE our Soda Stream, and I just started a healthy eating challenge in which I’m trying to drink way more water than I’m used to, so these help! Thanks, Erin!

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