Stay Hydrated This Summer!

5 tips for incorporating more water into your daily life:

  1. Drink a glass of water after every pee break. Replenish what your body is losing.

  2. Tea. Herbal tea is basically flavored water, right? Hot or cold, a good cup of herbal tea can soothe you and provide medicinal benefits, depending on what you’re brewing.

Note: there are some herbs that should be avoided if you’re breast feeding, as they can reduce your milk production. The following herbs* are used by mothers in various cultures all over the world… when they want to start the weaning process:

  • Black Walnut

  • Chickweed

  • Herb Robert

  • Lemon Balm

  • Oregano

  • Parsley

  • Peppermint/Menthol

  • Periwinkle Herb

  • Sage

  • Sorrel

  • Spearmint

  • Thyme

  • Yarrow

    3. Water infused with fresh citrus, cucumber, ginger or berries. Make water interesting again.

    4. Sparkling water or mineral water. For when you get soda cravings.

    5. Eating water-rich foods: strawberries (92% water), cucumber (96% water), green bell peppers (92% water), cantaloupe (90% water), zucchini (95% water), watermelon (92% water), celery (95% water), spinach (92% water) and grapefruit (91% water).

"Water traps" to avoid:

Sports drinks, coffee, (large amounts of) chocolate, caffeinated teas, "vitamin water" drinks and tea powders or drink mix powders. These drinks contain high amounts of processed sugar and/or artificial sweeteners, chemicals and natural or synthetic caffeine.

* Hidden Hindrances to a Healthy Milk Supply by Becky Flora, IBCLC