Two Folk Medicine Remedies for Mild Dehydration

As we move closer to the summer months, temperatures across the United States will steadily increase, which means more heat and less moisture.

I live in the Charlotte, NC area and over the past few days, temperatures have spiked to over 90 degrees (a little over 32.2 degrees celsius) — so drinking enough fluid is essential, especially as an active person. Unfortunately, most people in the US walk around mildly dehydrated and do not know it.

Signs of mild dehydration include headaches, dry eyes, muscle cramps, infrequent urination, dizziness and fatigue. But don’t fret– mild dehydration can be easily cured at home, with two Folk Medicine remedies.

Fruit: Including more fruit in your daily diet not only gives your body the essential vitamins and nutrients it screams for — fruits contain natural salts and sugars (fruit sugar is not table sugar) to reestablish your body’s electrolytes. Electrolytes are important to keep you hydrated to keep important bodily processes working as they should.

Juicy fruits, like watermelons, mangoes, plums and peaches (any fruit that has high water content) are recommended.

Water: Now of course, we can’t cure dehydration without water, right??

Did you know, the average adult body is made up of over 55% water?

If you lose as little as 1% of that water you can easily feel the symptoms of dehydration.

To avoid dehydration, know how much water you need. There is a simple calculation you can use to determine your specific daily water intake needs, which is “your body weight multiplied by .5“.

For example: 175 lbs x .5 = 87.5 ounces of water per day.

Now you could possibly need more, depending on your activity levels and/or any certain conditions your body is in (such as pregnancy).

With that being said– stay hydrated and stay safe this Memorial Day weekend.

-Heather

It’s Almost Mother’s Day –Bouquet of Collards Anyone?

So, want to impress that special woman, cousin, best friend, neighbor, etc this Mother’s Day?

Cook a pot of collard greens with FLAVOR.

You can still buy her a nice floral bouquet, but, a bouquet of collard greens would be a unique and health conscious way to tell that special woman that you appreciate her!

Collard greens can be made into a hearty or lite snack, depending on the ingredients that are added into them while they are in the cooking process.

Collard greens are a type of wild cabbage that has origins are in the Eastern Mediterranean (think Tunisia, Yemen and Cyprus).

Collards are dark green and leafy and loaded with nutrients (ex: Vitamin B-12, calcium, iron, magnesium, choline and Vitamin A). They are also low in calories (without any additional ingredients, a cup of chopped collard greens is less than 15 calories)!

Another tidbit is that cruciferous vegetables, which collard greens are, provide cancer-fighting benefits.

To prepare collards you want to first…

Inspect your collard green leaves and remove any parts that may be “going rogue”.
You will roll the leaves of your collards very tightly and …

Then…

Cut them vertically into small strips.
Make sure to clean your greens with alkaline water and wipe them down to ensure that your collards are clean. **I usually place green in a pot to boil off any dirt or debris**.

After removing any debris from your collard greens and preparing them for cooking, you will want to fill a clean pot with your clean collards and clean, alkaline water.

You can add flavor to your collard greens with simple, inexpensive, yet yummy ingredients.

I first use a little apple cider vinegar to help tenderize the collard green leaves and to add flavor.

I used a seasoning called Flavor God, which works wonders with no additional calories.

Of course, I used a tablespoon of ghee.

Now I could have added a piece of cooked bacon or smoked turkey to the mix for more flavor, but I didn’t THIS time.

You can either cook your collard greens in a stock pot for about two hours or you can opt for the slow cooker option, which can take 4 – 6 hours, depending on your life schedule.

Folk Medicine Kitchen style collard greens.