Its 3PM and the afternoon slump is starting to slow you down. For some of us, that means feeling irritable, or perhaps having dry skin or dark circles under the eyes. In many cases this dip can also arrive with headaches.
Simply curling up under the desk is not an option and more caffiene is not a healthy alternative, so what can we do?
Fatigue, irritability and dips in energy are signs of dehydration, which we often ignore if we are putting in long days at the office. Even healthy activities like running, doing yoga, dancing, cycling and swimming will dehydrate and deplete us of not only water but important electrolytes, vitamins and amino acids – so it’s important that we drink water, but also that we rehydrate effectively. Thankfully, this is all easily done with the foods we eat.
The following amazing, yet simple, foods not only rehydrate but help our bodies re-balance, giving us important salts, natural sugars and vitamins, and help us hydrate effectively without having to use expensive, sugary, high calorie sports drinks.
They can also give us a much needed energy boost at lunch time, allowing us to work more effectively and helping us stay motivated to get to our after work classes or activities, without missing a beat. All can be eaten raw, and you can follow the links below to some great recipes by the amazing Jo.
Top Foods for hydration
91% water, broccoli is a real star of the veggie world. Packed full of protein, calcium, Magnesium and Vitamin C, it also contains iron to help us vegetarians stay healthy and strong. We recommend this easy, tasty broccoli side dish.
The combination of mineral salts (potassium) and amino acids in celery are thought to hydrate better even than a glass of water. Nutrient dense and 95% water, celery is a great way to hydrate and provides a nutritional boost of potassium, magnesium and phosphorus (potassium and magnesium deficits are linked with headaches. If you don’t like celery, perhaps try green apples).
Cucumber is a great vegetable for hydrating naturally. It weighs in at a mighty 96% water, and is also rich in iron and Vitamins K & B6. Other benefits are that it reduces swelling, and is great used topically to soothe skin irritation from sunburn.
A great source of potassium and folate, and a great hydrating food containing a quenching 95% water. You can find great recipes for raw noodles to substitute into your favourite pasta dish for a great summer meal.
Why not try watermelon for breakfast or whenever you feel that afternoon energy slump coming on. With a high water content and packed with calcium, magnesium and potassium – hydrating the watermelon way is far better than even water or any sports drink you can buy. It also contains beta carotene and lycopene, which can help you protect your skin from UV light and sun damage, naturally.
Full of folate, magnesium, calcium and beta carotene this summer lettuce is filling, rich in fibre and helps prevent dehydration whilst also improving bone health. Choose this type over iceberg (though iceberg has more water) romaine packs more bang for your nutrient buck and rehydrates more effectively.
92% water and full of natural summer goodness, fiber and folate, this seasonal fruit is delicious anytime of day. Some might say summers were made for eating these. Organic strawberries do have a higher nutrient content, so if you can afford to pay a little extra, its worth it.
Seasonal and 95% water, add these to your lunch or afternoon snack and enjoy all the benefits of these anti-oxidant rich fruits, which contain lycopene (which is also linked with good bone health).
Hydrating, as well as natural anti inflammatory this fun and tropical fruit packs a double punch – eat your pineapple at lunch or as a late afternoon snack if you feel back pain, fatigue or RSI from your computer mouse. Add a teaspoon of turmeric to your water, juice or milk (any kind including coconut or almond) and you will double the effect.
Our California retreat trees are brimming with these bitter gems. Full of vitamin C grapefruit is perfect for hydrating with a satisfying zing. It naturally cleanses the liver and provides a perfect bitter, astringent flavour that helps balance summer lethargy or oily skin. Try this amazing grapefruit and pomegranate salad for a summer evening dinner.
Carrots and Raspberries
To learn more about how diet can improve your sports performance as well as your quality of life, join us for our upcoming retreat with 2nd Generation Master Pilates teacher Jamie Isaac in Cornwall.
Location: Mawgan Porth, Cornwall Date: 15 – 18 October 2015
Instructor(s): Jamie Isaac
Indulge in an amazing Pilates & spa retreat weekend on the Cornish coast with Azul founder and 2nd Generation Master Teacher, Jamie Isaac. This retreat will replenish and energise you. Enjoy an amazing spa, sauna and steam room and mind body treatments in this luxury setting. Discover flow and vitality through movement as you connect with your mind and your body.