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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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Let’s face it… A LOT of chocolate is going to be consumed this weekend. And sure why not, we say. 

But while everyone enjoys stuffing their faces now and then, having a healthier alternative to a seasonal stable is no bad thing either.

Which is why we got all sorts of excited when we spotted this good-for-you raw chocolate orange egg recipe.

It comes from LifeCleanse and you can properly impress your diet-conscious friends because it’s actually oh-so easy to make.

It’s also completely sugar free, dairy free, and gluten free… which means it’s pretty guilt free too.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup raw organic cacao powder
  • 1 cup Vita Coco coconut oil
  • 1 tsp organic vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp organic acai powder
  • 2 drops organic wild orange essential oil* (eg doTerra)
  • 1 pinch organic sea salt
  • 2 avocados

*ensure to use food grade oil as not all essential oils are safe to be ingested.

1) Soften the coconut oil in a small measuring jug or bowl over a bowl of warm (not hot) water. Once liquid, add the vanilla extract and orange essential oil.

2) Next slowly stir in the cacao and acai. Add a small pinch of organic sea salt. Mix well.

3) Cut the avocados in half lengthways; remove the stone and spoon out the flesh. For this recipe we will be using just the skins, as natural Easter egg moulds (you can use the flesh on toast or in an omelette or salad).

4) Rub a small amount of coconut oil on the insides of the avocado shells to line them and carefully spoon in the chocolate orange mixture.

5) Sit the shells on a plate in the fridge and allow setting for 90 minutes. Once hard remove from the avocado shells using a warm spoon.

 

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In the past year, the beauty world has gone c-r-a-z-y for coconut oil – largely because it promises so many glorious things. 

Not only can you cook food with it, you can use it as a beauty product too – in fact, it is the wonder product of 2015, we reckon. 

That's why we got so excited to learn that one of our favourite coconut water companies, Vita Coco, is about to release an all-new coconut oil. Yipee!

The new oil is organic, 100 percent raw, extra-virgin and cold pressed, which means you will get the very best out of its ingredients. 

As the ultimate cooking ingredient, it can be used to make the healthiest of meals and, what's more, is that you only need a drop of it – so it lasts for ages. 

On the beauty side of the deal, it is the biggest secret in town, helping you to take care of everything from your skin to your hair and nails.

And ANOTHER benefit? It's the best natural energy supplements out there. If you feel sluggish throughout the day, mix a bit into your coffee or spread a bit on your toast and you will be just as active as a kid in a sweet shop – but without the nasty crash later in the day.

Oh, and it's thought to boost the immune system too.

To get your hands on the beauty wonder head to Tesco or Boots. Yay! 

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We have a month’s supply of Vita Coco to give away to one lucky winner!

Coconut water is a great natural alternative to hydration drinks and has become popular among a number of sports stars and celebs.

To win, pop over to our Facebook page and simply ‘like’ or comment on the post.

And remember, sharing is caring!

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