Staying Hydrated

January 23, 2014

The amount of water we need to stay hydrated depends greatly on our constitution. Vata types can be chronically dehydrated (whether living in the desert or the North Pole), and often have issues with electrolyte balance as well. This can lead to all kinds of health issues. Often when Vatas drink a lot of water it ends up being urinated out almost immediately, leaving the body just as dehydrated as before. Adding a small pinch of a good quality sea salt with or without some lemon/lime can greatly help with absorption. I can attest that this works.

Staying Hydrated with an Ayurvedic Drink

Here’s another tried and true remedy that is both nourishing and hydrating for the body. It is also great for poor digestion, another common Vata issue. I make it most mornings and drink it throughout the day, especially before and after meals.

4-5 cups of water
2 tsp. fennel seeds
1 tsp. grated fresh ginger
1/2 tsp. cumin seeds
1/2 tsp. ajwain (can also substitute cardamom)

Bring to a boil, cover and let simmer for about 20 minutes. Strain into a thermos and sip throughout the day. You can add one or all of the following: a pinch of salt, lemon, lime, raw honey.

Soups and other herbal teas are another excellent way to help you stay hydrated.

Pitta types are often drawn to icy water because they run so hot. But ice water isn’t good for any dosha. It shocks the system and puts out our digestive fire. Warm water is best.

Kapha types tend to retain water, so the general recommendation for drinking lots and lots of water might not be the best thing for a Kapha type, especially during Kapha Season. Foods that have a diuretic effect, such as parsley and celery, are much more appropriate for Kapha people.

Here is an excellent article on the Ayurvedic approach to staying hydrated from Joyful Belly Ayurveda.

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