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As we go through these transformations and transitions, our bodies often struggle to keep up. They are much more dense than our souls, so they take a bit more time to shift and then adjust to the shifts. Recalibration and reorientation can take a few weeks or months to integrate. It’s similar to traveling to a new time zone or visiting another country…it takes a bit of time to find your rhythms there so that life is easy and natural once again.

The best thing you can do is to keep your body hydrated. For many people, winter is a time when the body dries out quickly due to dry air where there is snow, and/or increased dry heat indoors. However, with increased energy flow through the body due to the downloads and shifts, the body will burn out fluids much more quickly than usual. So, when possible, eat moist food.

For example, for breakfast try eating oatmeal or a hot cereal rather than a dry cereal. Even with milk or applesauce or yogurt with your granola or other cereal, you aren’t adding moisture to your body…you’re simply adding some moisture to the cereal. More will be taken from the body in order to digest it. By eating something that is already filled with moisture, such as oatmeal or oat groats, your body will receive both rehydration and nourishment.

Incorporate fresh fruits and vegetables that have a high water content, such as lettuce, cucumbers, red bell peppers, celery, apples, grapes, tomatoes, watermelon, zucchini, strawberries, peaches, persimmons etc. If you want to eat a drier vegetable or fruit, such as broccoli, be sure to steam it so that it is fully cooked before eating it so that it will provide fluids to your body.

Avoid caffeine and alcohol. I’ve often asked which is a more delicious experience…the drinking of the coffee or the visit to the restroom a few hours later. Both caffeine and alcohol are diuretics, which means that they pull moisture out of the body. If you do drink either of them, you’ll probably need to drink at least twice as much water as the other in order to achieve a balance…more if you want to hydrate.

Watch the herbs you eat, use as supplements, or drink in teas. These herbs are also diuretics: Oregano, Dandelion, Burdock, Red clover, Black cohosh, Horsetail, St. John’s Wort, Turmeric, Cornsilk, Hawthorn berries and Chickweed. If you use any of these on a regular basis, listen to your body and drink hydrating liquids as your body requests them.

For teas that hydrate, I highly recommend Rooibos tea, Chamomile, Mint, Ginger, and Persimmon teas for hydration. Traditional Medicinals, Yogi, and Mountain Rose Herbs are great companies for organic, caffeine-free teas. Oftentimes, the body will see water as an opportunity to flush rather than hydrate. This means that the body needs a lot of fluid, so drink both…water for flushing, and tea for hydrating, as the body can often interpret tea as food in absorb all of it.

There are many other options for hydrating liquids if you’re not a fan of teas. Juicing is  fabulous way to bring nutrients to the body through a liquid form. If you don’t have a juicer, consider getting one and begin incorporating fresh juices into your meals. Coconut water is a wonderful resource for electrolytes, skin and intestinal health along with hydration. Kombucha, while an acquired taste for some, also has many health benefits along with its hydration properties. Roasted grains, such as roasted barley, corn, or rice can be made into coffee substitutes or teas. These are acquired tastes and not all people will enjoy the flavor. But, if you’re up for an adventure, check them out…you might be surprised at how good they taste.

Finally, try to avoid heavy and dry meals at the end of the day choosing instead to eat heartier meals earlier in the day…preferably for breakfast. Soups and teas are really good options for dinner, and for those in the winter season, this will feel particularly cozy and soothing. This will also allow you to have a deeper sleep, and your body will have lots of moisture with which to work to restore the body while sleeping. From this state, the body can easily shift and hold higher vibrations and more energy…which is the goal during this expansion and shift.

Wishing us all support for healthy, vibrant bodies!