If there’s one thing we’ve been told time and time again, it is that hydration plays a huge part in maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Nutritionists, health gurus and the like are constantly telling us that hydration aids digestion, helps in maintaining a healthy immune system and is the key to avoiding bloating (and in the summertime, that is definitely something we all focus on).
We talked to Laura Miller of Raw. Vegan. Not Gross. recently, and she gave us a few water hacks to help with everything listed above, as well as a way to cure achy joints. Peruse below and drink yourself to a happier and healthier body today. Seriously, when the solution to so many health woes is this easy, there is no reason we shouldn’t all be doing it.
Add ½ lemon
Lemon is alkalinizing to the body (you want that!), boosts immunity, aids digestion, and keep skin clear and glowing. It is also high in pectin fiber, which helps fight hunger cravings and can aid in weight loss. I either bring a whole lemon with me and cut it up with my pocket knife, or I drop a slice of it in my water bottle before I run out the door.
Digestion Outta Wack?
1 tablespoon chia seeds
Chia seeds are a great source of fiber, calcium, iron, and omega-3 fatty acids. They also slow the digestion of carbohydrates, which helps give the body long-lasting energy. I keep a little zip-top bag of them in my purse, and they have saved me many times when I’ve found myself stranded and starving—they are surprisingly filling!
Add a pinch of turmeric
Turmeric has powerful anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties, and is proven to help brain function. If I have hot water, I’ll make a tea with the root, but otherwise I just sprinkle a little bit of ground turmeric in my water for a yellow tint that makes people wonder what the heck I’m drinking.
Fighting off a bug?
Add 7 drops oregano oil
Not gonna lie: It’s not my favorite tasting supplement, but oregano oil is some powerful stuff! Just a few drops in your water gives you one of the best lines of defence against all forms of infection. Studies have revealed its ability to fight food-borne illnesses, upper respiratory and urinary tract infections, and both yeast and parasitic infections. I keep a small bottle in my purse and put a few drops in my water when I remember.