Did you know that you can become dehydrated in the winter just as easily as you can in the summer? It’s true and the symptoms of dehydration are the same whether it’s winter or summer. Even if you aren’t sweating, you lose water vapor through your breath. I know that my kids and I have been feeling particularly parched lately and have dry, itchy skin. Hydration is important to adults and children with hypothyroidism. Many people with hypothyroidism complain of having dry skin, nails and hair, being constipated, and experience weight gain. Staying well hydrated can help with all of those things!
While water is the best way to re-hydrate yourself, sometimes I want something different. Eating lots of fresh fruits (like watermelon) and vegetables is a great way to stay hydrated. I also use coconut water as a way to stay hydrated. Coconut water is high in potassium and can help replace electrolytes in your body. It is usually low sugar and low calorie, making it a better alternative than fruit juices and energy drinks. I say “usually” because some coconut water has added sugar. You’ll want to avoid those brands. My kids and I have been craving slushies lately – another sign that we are probably dehydrated. I made up a new recipe that you may want to try. I put coconut water and frozen mango in the blender and give it a whirl (no ice needed if you use frozen mangos). I also add Barlean’s Omega Swirl in Mango Peach flavor so that my kids are getting Vitamin D and Omega 3, 6 and 9. When making a coconut water slushy for one, I use 6 ounces of coconut water, a handful of frozen mangos (cubed), and a squirt of Omega Swirl (about 1 tbsp.). So far, they haven’t noticed the “fish” taste of the omega swirl. They are getting a refreshing, hydrating slushy that is also a brain booster. (If you want to read more about the benefits of Omegas, click here.)
Be careful when you purchase coconut water that you are choosing one without sugar or other additives (for tips on which coconut water to purchase, click here – be sure to read their update at the bottom of the article). You can learn more about coconut water and its benefits here. I don’t think coconut water is a panacea to cure all that ails you, but I do think it’s a viable alternative to staying hydrated. I get bored of drinking water. Sometimes, I need to try something different to keep myself hydrated and healthy. The same is true for my kids. Water is the best way to stay hydrated, but if you want to try something different, try coconut water! If you aren’t sure about the taste, try my coconut water slushy recipe!
By Blythe Clifford aka Thyroid Mom