We’ve talked about the importance of hydration before and today I’m sharing a super simple way to boost your hydration, as well as:
- aid digestion;
- increase your vitamin C intake (think repair, collagen production and general immune function); and
- boost your electrolytes / replace essential minerals (think sodium, calcium, and potassium) which are essential for many key functions in the body. And which are typically lost through sweat and urine.
All it takes is some water (tap is fine), a juiced lemon and some pink Himalayan salt (not table salt) that you make the night before and leave by your bed ready for the morning.
People recommend different proportions, but I typically go with 1 litre of tap water, a whole lemon and 1/4 tsp of pink Himalayan salt and I leave the water to “soak” it all up overnight.
If you’re thinking, “hold up, salt is bad for me and I’m trying to reduce my salt intake” you’re not wrong…too much salt is entirely bad for you and this post is a great way of getting you to think about your salt intake too. But your body does need salt/sodium to function properly so the key is ensuring that you’re not over-consuming it in any form.
The NHS recommends that adults should consome “no more than 6g of salt a day (2.4g sodium) – that’s around 1 teaspoon.”
Pink Himalayan salt is typically chosen by people because it’s been found to contain (depending on the source) up to 86 other minerals and trace elements and isn’t as heavily refined as table salt.
We are talking pretty small quantities though, so don’t take this as a green light to sprinkle it on everything!
And feel free to enjoy the benefits of hydrating yourself with just simple lemon water each morning if you prefer. Either way, it’ll help you to kickstart your day with some good hydration, to reduce the risk of over-eating at breakfast and you won’t end up with that frustrating headache because you haven’t found time all morning to grab a drink!