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We all straight away think of how much water to drink to hydrate us. But what we should know is the foods that help hydrate our cells.

To help get the hydration into the cells we need certain fatty acids to help improve the cell lining, and we also need a good balance of potassium, sodium and magnesium.

To keep it short and sweet here’s a list of what you should include and why…

10 hydrating foods for your shopping list

Apple cider vinegar:
Potassium rich drawing water through to the inside of the cell.
It is alkalizing that speeds up digestion and may help lower blood pressure.

Butter, grass fed:
It can transfer water outside the cell to the inside of the cell (emerging science shows fats, as lipids are playing this important role).

Cardamom:
Is a diuretic property, to release bloat and clean out the urinary tract, bladder, and kidneys, removing waste, salt, excess water, and toxins.
Cardamom can help combat infections too.

Cashews:
Hydrating combination of high mineral content like copper, phosphorus, zinc, magnesium, iron and selenium.
Heart healthy monounsaturated fats.

Chia:
Is the highest gel-releasing seed and is very rich in healthy omega-3 fatty acids. Fatty acids are necessary to move water into the cell.
Chia seeds, with all their nutrient density, also lay down protective, permeable film all along your digestive tract, protecting you from acids and spicy foods, allowing in only good stuff.
Chia slows the release of insulin, lowers blood pressure, and makes gentle, regular elimination inevitable. With the fibre it holds it can retain hydration for long lasting use.
(NOTE: Grounded Chia seeds are even more powerful in your smoothies, or baking. If you have any grounded seeds left please keep them in a sealed glass jar in the fridge until needed, it keeps nutrient value).

Cinnamon:
High in antioxidants and anti-inflammatory agents, we use it to counteract any sugar issues in our recipes, as cinnamon is known to regulate blood sugar glucose levels.

Coconut milk:
Coconuts carry great nutrition and taste delicious. The milk is high in those very fats that help regulate water flow into the cell.
Coconuts offer far better hydration than almond or soy milk.

Coconut water:
Coconut water is very rich in electrolytes. Which are minerals activated with electrical charge, and provide energy to our cells.

Lemons/Limes:
These both contain pectin that is famous for making jams gel. The mineral agents regulate how water is transferred into the cell.

Pears/Apples:
These fruits are a great source of fiber and the combination of absorbing fiber and juiciness in Pears holds hydration and keeps the water from flash-flooding our system.

PLUS BONUS ONE:
Pomegranates:
Pomegranates have 82% water content perfectly paired with potassium, a nutrient needed to pull hydration in past the cell wall.
Plus this fruit has the highest amount of vitamin C.

Source: Dana Cohen MD & Gina Bria “Quench”

So remember don’t always think about how much you drink, think about adding these foods into your diet to help improve the cell hydration.. then feel the difference.

Kerrie Fatone

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