We have all been told how important it is to drink water for our hydration, but it is also extremely important to have a diet full of wet foods to stay hydrated as well.
We are living in a time where drinking lots of cups of coffee on an empty stomach (and calling it intermittent fasting), working ourselves to the bone all day, and having a few glasses of wine in the evening to decompress is very common.
Those three above mentioned habits are extremely heating and dehydrating for the body, even if you are managing to drink 1-3 litres of water every day as well.
A good question to ask yourself is, does my body absorb all the water I am drinking? Or do I simply urinate all of that water out of my body during the day (and perhaps also during the night)?
What isn’t advised enough in the health world, is the important of eating wet foods: porridges, soups, stews, broths, and other nutrient dense liquids.
If we look to traditional Asian cultures, they often have a soup with every meal, sip on warm water before and after a meal, and rarely eat cold, raw or iced foods. Unfortunately, this is changing as the younger generations are headed towards more sweet foods, bubble teas and dairy.
Hydration is extremely important for health. The body is a series of fluid layers, including the blood and hormones, that needs to be well nourished in order to help the body heal from disease, infections, and other pathogenic stressors.
Make it a part of your weekly meal planning to include more soups and stews, and try to eat something before you have your morning coffee.
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Karina Smith is a Melbourne based Doctor of Chinese Medicine and Yin Yoga Teacher, Teacher Trainer & Educator. With a passion for women's health, through Yin and Chinese Medicine Karina aims to improve the health of her students, patients and clients.After years of dancing and its emphasis on performance, yoga was an unexpected beacon of self-care and restoration for Karina, where her relationship to movement shifted to something that was there to nourish her mind and body.
A year after commencing practice at the Australian Yoga Academy (AYA), Karina knew she wanted to do the yoga teacher training on offer there - and from thereon it has been a deep-dive into the rich offerings of this ancient practice.
Karina has now studied and taught yoga extensively - including two 350hr Teacher Trainings (AYA and Shantarasa Institute, India), studies under the renowned Bernie Clark and Paul Grilley, over a decade of teaching at numerous studios in her home town of Melbourne, and lecturing for The Australian Yoga Academy.
In 2018, Karina launched her own 50 Hour Yin & Functional Anatomy Teacher Training and continues to run this course. Karina’s love of Yin Yoga revealed a deeper fascination for human anatomy and led her to pursue Chinese Medicine. After graduating in 2019, she now runs her own clinic offering acupuncture, herbal therapies, moxibustion and cupping treatments.