How to stay hydrated without reaching for caffeine

Caffeine acts to remove water from your body, while also leaching water-soluble vitamins and minerals at the same time. The very act of quitting caffeine will be a step towards hydration. Another benefit will be a great night’s sleep! By stabilising your cortisol and melatonin levels your natural circadian rhythms will reward you with restorative sleep like you’ve never had before.

Try a warming turmeric latte or miso broth. I personally love herbal teas. I make my own concoction such as this soothing tea, perfect for when colds and flu are lurking: in a saucepan add a 2cm piece of fresh ginger, thinly sliced, juice and flesh of 1 lemon, 2 tablespoons of Manuka honey, 1 tablespoon elderberry syrup (or blackcurrant syrup) and 250ml filtered water. Bring to the boil, once boiling remove from the heat and strain. Add 15 drops of Echinacea extract and serve.

By Kimberly Parsons

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