Do you get thirsty? Of course, you do, we all do! Do you ever wonder why a large glass of water just doesn’t seem to quench your thirst?
If you’ve answered, “yes” to these two questions, your body is trying to tell you something. Yes, it’s definitely telling you it’s thirsty, but it’s also asking for vital nutrients.
Before I tell you about those vital nutrients and how easy it is to incorporate them, let me set a scene.
You’re in your kitchen getting ready to cook a tasty dinner of chicken breasts. However you choose to cook them, you just cook them, no seasoning, no marinade, no salt and no pepper. You serve your plain chicken breasts to yourself, your family, significant other or maybe even give a slice to your dog then uh, oh, they all look at you thinking the same thing, “This tastes like nothing!”
Well, my fellow readers, we would rarely put ourselves in the scenario above. When we’re in the kitchen cooking chicken or any dish, we most always include herbs, spices or marinades. These additions make for a tasty and pleasing dish, but also add nutritional health benefits!
Water is just like that plain chicken. It too needs a boost from time to time. This is because your body needs essential vitamins and minerals that are not found in a simple glass of water.
One of my favorite and easiest thirst quenchers is coconut water. Coconut water is high in calcium, potassium, magnesium, phosphorous and vitamin C. All of these vitamins and minerals are essential for our cellular health. The nerd in me would love to expand on our cellular makeup, but I am going to leave that statement as is. If you have further questions, please ask below or send me a message!
Here’s how to make your thirst quenching elixir!
When adding coconut water to our base ingredient of tap / distilled or filtered water, begin with one-fourth of a cup. For each glass after, add more or less depending on need/want and taste preference. Although coconut water states that it’s not from concentrate, it is still jam packed with nutrients in small dosages. A carton of coconut water will give you a week to two weeks of servings.
Another ingredient to add to our thirst-quenching elixir is freshly squeezed lemon juice. I prefer fresh lemon juice to bottled lemon juice because you’re getting the juice right from the source! As far as dosage, follow the same rules as the coconut water. Add as much as you’d like. For me, a fourth of a lemon is the perfect amount.
This thirst quenching elixir should be consumed as needed. One day you may only need one glass and the next day you may want two or three glasses. This enhanced water is suitable for anyone who is thirsty! It’s the perfect remedy before, during and after exercise, first thing in the morning, in the evening, and especially after a night of alcohol consumption or on a hot day.
<A quick note> When buying coconut water, please ensure that it is 100% coconut water and nothing else. You find this out by reading ingredients. Natural Flavors are often included in coconut water and simply put, are not “natural” at all. (You can read more about natural flavors here.)
There are several other ways to quench your thirst, which I’ll include in another post. Please try and limit your consumption of drinks like Gatorade and vitamin water, as they too contain natural flavors and other harmful chemicals.
Here are two brands that I personally drink. If you have an Earth Fare near you, their brand is also delicious.
- Taste Nirvana Real Coconut Water, 16.2 Ounce (Pack of 12)
- Amy & Brian Coconut Water Original, 10 Ounce Can (Pack of 24)
If you’re looking for more information on the benefits of coconut water, check out the resources below!
*Please note, this is not an ad for Harvest Bay coconut water. I like their brand and it’s usually on sale at my local co-op 🙂
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