You put what in your water?
Last week I posted on Instagram one of my most recent self care tools that I feel is a no-brainer but something that needs constant repeating. DRINK MORE WATER! It seems pretty simple and the benefits are huge for keeping yourself hydrated often. I listed a bunch of them here. However, drinking water is not enough and as a matter of fact, it may not even be enough to just drink water. I recently did an interview with Dr. Perry Nickelston of Stop Chasing Pain for a future podcast episode and we talked about some of his self care practices and he talked about one of them which consisted of adding lemon in his water as a way of increasing the ability for his body to take in and absorb the water he is putting into his body. There are actually many things that can be added to your water such as lemon, cucumber, mint or sea salt for example. All of these and more can help bring some additional flavor plus can have some additional benefits to our bodies. It is crazy to think that we can consume a ton of water over the course of the day and then not even have half of it make its way into our cells. Essentially we are just peeing a lot of it out, you might not be actually assimilating the water into your system which your cells need to thrive.
So why have I started this self care practice? I have recently started adding sea salt into my water based upon the recommendation of a nutritionist whom I respect. I have actually read it several times in various outlets and finally decided to just do it and see what happens. This has now become one of my self care practices that I try to instill as part of my daily routine at the start of my day. I wanted to see what effect this would have on my body as I was noticing some things occurring in my body that I was not happy about. I cannot say that adding sea salt in my water has been the one thing that has affected my mood, the headaches, brain fog and fatigue that I had been experiencing as I have been also making other changes in my diet, but I can say that it has helped.
So why sea salt? You can use Himalayan salt or sea salt, however I have heard that sea salt is much better. Sea salt supposedly has more than 84 minerals and nutrients that are needed for optimal functioning of our cells and bodies. You may or may not have heard a lot of information going around about how eating organic is not enough because of the amount of minerals that are lost due to soil depletion. Minerals that are vital to functioning of our immune, endocrine and other vital systems such as magnesium and zinc for example, are lacking in most of the foods that we eat and even more so if we are following a SAD (Standard American Diet). Adding sea salt may help to bring those vital minerals and nutrients into those cells where they can do the good work they need to do to keep our body functioning well.
Even in Ayurvedic medicine, sea salt is seen as beneficial in that it is necessary for growth, appropriate electrolyte balance, and promote good digestion, absorption and elimination of waste products including stimulating our appetite.
Unfortunately, there has been a bad rap about salt being bad for our cardiovascular health, but most of that blame should be placed on table salt, not sea salt. Table salt, which is usually devoid of any quality minerals, might even be filled with additives that leave us thirsty or even wanting more. Why do think you can’t stop eating more than just one potato chip? It is all of that table salt!
Are you willing to give this a try? Do you think this could be helpful in addressing some weird symptoms going on in your body? You don’t have to try sea salt since it can be hard to get used to initially. Even if it is just starting with lemon or cucumber in your water, it can be a great way of encouraging more water into your everyday life and maybe get some added minerals and nutrients into those cells as well. If you do make this a self care tool you follow, let me know what you think and if it has helped alleviate some symptoms for you.
*This blog post consists of my own opinions and experiences and should not be seen as a nutritional recommendation. Please consult with your doctor or nutritionist before following any suggestions or advice provided here if unsure of how it may impact you and your health*