The Get Fresh Challenge 1
Healthy Hydration on a Raw Food Diet

Drinking Water and Eating Raw Fruits and Vegetables are Essential for Healthy Hydration

Lately, I have been pondering the subject of healthy hydration. How much water is enough when eating raw, and can I be drinking too much water? I have been focusing on drinking about 4-5 liters of water a day and more if I feel like it is needed. I have been experiencing some dry skin that will get better and then worse again. This could be a detox symptom, or it might be a symptom of dehydration. I’m not sure.

When most people think of healthy hydration, they think about not drinking enough water, but I have heard stories about people who died by consuming too much water in too short of a time. One term used to describe this is water intoxication. Hyponatremia is the dilution of the blood, which causes insufficient sodium levels. When Hyponatremia is severe, water intoxication can occur. Some symptoms of water intoxication are nausea, vomiting, and headache. Also, frequent urination, bloating, and muscle weakness can be signs that your body is in danger.

If you are eating a raw food diet, you are most likely getting sufficient amounts of sodium, potassium, and other vitamins and minerals that are essential for normal body function. Drinking water when you are thirsty and not chugging too much at once will keep your body in balance and out of danger.

The Get Fresh Challenge Day 6

January 8, 2012

Today is a Sunday and I am feeling really good. I'm not even worried that Football is on today. I don't usually eat typical "Game Day Food", such as Nachos and Chicken Wings, but I do like to snack as I watch the games. I just need to create new snack foods, but today I just ate more of the same foods that I have been eating. I shop for food supplies every three to four days, and make sure to have plenty of clean water since I am focusing on healthy hydration and drinking much more water than I use to drink.

Eating Fruit Improves Healthy Hydration

Today I ate:

1 Whole Cantaloupe

10 Medjool Dates
3 Celery Stalks

6 Navel Oranges

8 medium Bananas

The Get Fresh Challenge Day 7

January 9, 2012

Today I felt a little ill after eating breakfast. I had a mono meal of 7 bananas, so it was nothing unusual. I’m in healing mode and trying not to analyze too much of how I am feeling. I think I am eating enough and drinking enough water. As mentioned above, healthy hydration has to be a part of my Get Fresh plan and is just as important as eating raw food. I have always been a water drinker and baffled when someone tells me they do not drink water. It’s really sad when they say they do not like the taste of water. Usually it’s because they drink their tap water or bottled water that has been infused with plastic. I don’t like the taste of those water sources either. I’m not in a place to have pristine water from a spring, so my best option is filtered water.

Today I ate:

7 large Bananas

16 Medjool Dates
3 Celery Stalks

6 large Navel Oranges

Eating Fresh Sliced Oranges is a Delicious Way to Add Healthy Hydration to Your Diet

The Get Fresh Challenge Day 8

January 10, 2012

Today I felt clearer than I have since I started eating raw food. I have been feeling off and on foggy and unable to focus. Today, I had some pain from acid reflux. I usually get this about now on any raw food diet or cleanse that I have done in the past. This could be one reason why I fail on a raw diet. The pain and discomfort of acid reflux is remedied when I eat cooked food, but I know it’s only masking a potentially more severe problem that raw food might cure in time.

I have tried to drink more water when the acid reflux flares up, thinking that healthy hydration is the answer, but it only makes it worse.

Today I ate:

8 large Bananas

10 Medjool Dates

5 large Navel Oranges
1 c. Spinach

Eating raw food and healthy hydration are two important steps on my quest for a Fresh Life. I would expect the acid reflux to subside as my body starts to heal. I just need to be patient during the uncomfortable moments.

Related Articles:
Challenge Days 1-2  - 
Raw Food Diet Plan
Challenge Days 3-5 - Healthy Detox Diet
Challenge Days 6-8 - Healthy Hydration
Challenge Days 9-11 - Raw Food Breakfast
Challenge Days 12-14 - Raw Nourishment
Challenge Days 15-17 - Going Raw
Challenge Days 18-20 - Raw Food and Health
Challenge Days 21-23 - Raw Food Supplies
Challenge Days 24-26 - Raw Vegan Recipes
Challenge Days 27-29 - Raw Food Weight Loss Diet

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