Skincare expert, holistic nutritionist Colleen Sinclair on staying hydrated

Posted at 8:00 AM, Jun 02, 2017
and last updated 2017-06-02 14:25:40-04

Skincare expert and holistic nutritionist Colleen Sinclair is here to show us other ways to stay hydrated.
Stay Hydrated in Arizona

1.    Always have a water bottle with you.
2.    Eat plenty of fresh, organic, in season, local produce.
3.    Drink enough clean water daily to match your lifestyle needs.
4.    Foods and drinks that hydrate and replenish electrolytes.

I challenge you
CHANGE YOUR DRINK!!! Make it really count.
What's in yours?
Add ingredients that supply electrolytes, alkalinity and promote energy.
One of my favorites is Chlorella water.

Cucumber Water Recipe
It's simple! Just slice up a cucumber and add it to a pitcher of cold water J

Get creative!
Add other ingredients you love.
Fresh Mint
Mix and match all of the above

More hydrating tips:
Drink a glass of water every morning as soon as you wake up and every evening right before you go to sleep.
Avoid caffeine, it dehydrates you.

Hydrating Drinks: (my favorites)
Coconut water - the perfect drink from nature to hydrate
Herbal tea - full of nutrients & anti-oxidants
Fruit Infused water - refreshing & flavorful
BLK Water - contains trace minerals
Chlorella in your water - great for energy & clean blood
Mountain Valley Spring Water - contains minerals

*I also supplement my minerals. I take Shilajit, daily. It contains over 80 trace minerals.

Eat Foods to support hydration and electrolyte balance:
Fresh Leafy Greens
Fresh mint

Early Symptoms of dehydration:
Dry Chapped lips
Dry Eyes
Dry Mouth
Dry skin

Symptoms of excessive dehydration:
Muscle Aches, twitching, spasms, cramping
Bone Disorders
Joint pain
Dizzy when you stand quickly

*If you are ever concerned seek medical attention. Have your doctor do urine and blood tests to check your electrolyte levels.

Stay hydrated

Always Start with Clean Water.
Having a refillable water bottle with you all the time is smart, especially during summertime in Arizona.

I drink out of glass or stainless steel. Avoid plastic.
My new favorite water bottle is a Hydro Flask.
It's stainless steel on the inside and will keep my water cool all day.
They come in many sizes too. Mine holds 64 ounces of fluid. Every morning I fill it up with the goal to drink it all by the end of the day.
Add various fresh fruits or herbs to flavor your water to boost nutrient content!

Mother nature knows what we need and when we need it. In-season produce is always very specific providing nutrients for the season. Most grocery stores have a great organic selection of local produce. Farmers markets are another awesome resource. The best idea would be to actually find your local organic farmers and visit them. Maya's farm and Steadfast Farms are two organic farms I personally like.
Local, In Season, Organic produce will provide the best flavor and highest nutrient density. It's no coincidence cucumbers and melons grow during summertime.

Did you know our bodies are approximately 2/3 water? Planet Earth also consists of about 2/3 water.
Clean water is vital to life.
How much do you need to drink daily? You may have heard the following recommendations?
-    10 eight ounce glasses a day
-    Half your body weight in ounces daily
-    1 gallon of water a day

Bottom line is….
You need to drink enough water to match your lifestyle and individual needs while also maintaining electrolyte balance. You can drink too much water. Doing so may disrupt a very delicate balance of electrolytes in your body.

Here are some factors that determine the amount of water right for you:
Is your lifestyle sedentary?
Are you outside in the heat often?
Are you an athlete?
Are you pregnant?
Sweating a lot, extreme activity, illness and stress play a huge factor.

You need electrolytes to stay hydrated.

Electrolytes - potassium, sodium, magnesium, calcium, chloride, bicarbonate
These are minerals with an electric charge that stimulate your nervous system and keep the fluids balanced in your body.  

Enjoy the Arizona Summer and be sure to:
Drink plenty of clean water. Avoid highly processed foods. Eat fresh produce. Be sure to include drinks and foods that provide all of the vital electrolyte minerals. Drink half your body weight in ounces of water daily. Increase that amount if your lifestyle demands it. Look out for signs and symptoms of dehydration. Seek medical attention immediately if you experience serious symptoms of dehydration.

Siphon Draw Apothecary
Located at the Goldfield Ghost Town, 4650 N. Mammoth Mine Rd. Apache Junction, AZ 85119
4.5 miles N/E of Apache Junction, AZ on Historic Highway 88