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OK so the sun may not quite be shining but it is July and it is pretty warm. And regardless of the ever-changing weather, we can't be the only ones to experience random, for-no-clear-reason-whatsoever THIRSTY days! 

Now, and after a little research with our lab coats on, we have discovered that our thirst is not merely dependent on what the temperature gauge says. 

Yup, there an absolute load of reasons why your body screams 'hydrate me PLEASE'. 

Here, we detail what to look out for…

1. Your diet

Well, yes if you're knocking back salty treats then you're going to be thirsty – but other, less obvious foods can have the same impact. Diuretic foods – so celery, asparagus, beets, lemons, ginger, and parsley – can make you thirsty because they cause you to urinate more. So while these foods have lots of health benefits, if you're continually parched after eating them, consider tucking into more fluid-rich foods such as porridge and brown rice.

2.  Pregnancy

All those lovely baby hormones, as well as the whole growing another human inside you thing inevitable makes you reach for a water bottle, chilled juice, or coconut water. And it's super important to stay hydrated at this time. So despite the fact that you will need to go to the toilet A LOT (that's another pregnancy thing) don't skip your hydration breaks.

3.  Dry mouth

If your mouth is dry you're going to feel thirsty (natch) – though this may not mean that your body is dehydrated. Other factors to consider include a course of medication such as antibiotics, as well as smoking or being in a smoky environment.

4. Your period

Hello there, homones! Estrogen and progesterone levels can both affect your body's fluid volume, while blood loss itself can also make you seriously thirsty. Make sure to stay refreshed with the likes of coconut water – a natural source of electrolytes including potassium, sodium, calcium and magnesium – and filtered water.

5. Night-time breathing habits

You wake up with your cheek languishing on an unpleasantly damp pillow; a not-so delightful trail of night-time drool emerging from your lips. Yup – you're a mouth-breather – and it's a habit that can make you dehydrated. Using a humidifier can help ease mouth dryness, as can replenishing with lots of fluids when you wake-up.

6. Activity levels

It goes without saying if you're working up a sweat, then you're going to be thirsty. And for those in Dublin city centre tomorrow, Vita Coco is inviting all of us to Just Get Thirsty with their amazing and totally legendary coconut island obstacle courses. Balancing beams, basketball hoops and space hoppers will ALL be there. Hurrah! Because if you're going to work up a sweat, you NEED to make sure you're having fun doing it. 

Vita Coco is 100% natural coconut water from young green coconuts. It is full of naturally occurring potassium and essential electrolytes, it’s just like sticking a straw in a coconut.

 

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Trying to eat healthily can be quite discouraging when you’re presented with food that isn’t exactly appetising. But, sometimes you just have to see past their appearance so you can enjoy all their juicy goodness. 

Detox juice

Ingredients:

  • 3 stalks of celery
  • 1 whole cucumber
  • 1 inch of fresh ginger root
  • 2 slices of fresh fennel bulb
  • 1 lemon
  • 5 stalks kale
  • 180ml fresh coconut water

Run all the ingredients except the coconut water through a juicer. Pour the juice into a glass and add the coconut water. Get those bowels moving with this drink. 

Detox water

Ingredients:

  • 470ml cold filtered water
  • ½ cucumber, sliced thin
  • 5 strawberries, sliced and stems removed
  • 1 lemon, sliced thin

Prepare the fruits and place in a pitcher of water. Place the pitcher over the fridge and serve over ice the next day. This will make you feel extra fresh in the morning.

Detox smoothie

Ingredients:

  • 250ml cold filtered water
  • 10 almonds, soaked overnight and rinsed
  • 1 tbsp. ground flaxseed
  • 1 tsp. chia seeds
  • 145g organic raspberries (frozen works best here)
  • Juice from one lemon

Place all the ingredients in a high powered blender and blend until smooth. Stay full for longer with this delightful smoothie.

Drink up ladies!

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