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As full time RVers we’ve all experienced that nagging unquenchable thirst sensation at one time or another. While feeling parched when traveling is quite common it can also be considerably hazardous. Dehydration is nothing to mess around with; Symptoms of dehydration include, but are not limited to…
- Blurred Vision
- Feeling Light Headed
- Lack of Focus
It is important to note that sitting for long periods of time can naturally raise body temperature, thus increasing the potential for dehydration. For that reason I have found that making a conscious effort to pull over and take more bathroom breaks is an invaluable asset for my own personal well-being. Getting out of my rig every hour or two gives me the opportunity to recharge and stretch my legs.
Gone unchecked dehydration can lead to some very serious and even life threatening complications. The obvious solution to avoid any issues would simply be to drink more water. Yes, drinking more water is vitally important but in my opinion it is only part of the equation.
Consider Your Diet
Eating fresh, raw fruits and vegetables super hydrate the cells of your body and can reduce body temperature in the process. Not only that, fresh fruits and vegetables are chock full of vitamins, minerals, and electrolytes which will help you stay more alert and give you better brain power. Incorporating more of these types of foods into your road trip snack bag is an outstanding way to step up your driving game.
Some of natures best ranking foods for hydration health are likely in your refrigerator right now. We’ve compiled a list of foods with a water content of 80% or more. See below…
- Lettuce – 96%
- Cucumber – 95%
- Tomatoes – 94%
- Celery – 95%
- Coconut Water – 95%
- Zucchini – 94%
- Cabbage – 92%
- Cauliflower – 92%
- Bell Peppers – 92%
- Broths and Soups – 92%
- Watermelon – 92%
- Strawberries – 91%
- Skim Milk – 91%
- Cantaloupe – 90%
- Peaches – 89%
- Oranges – 88%
- Plain Yogurt – 88%
- Grapefruit – 88%
- Cottage Cheese – 80%
So, Why Juice?
Consuming your hydrating foods in the fashion which mother nature intended is perfectly ok. In fact, people have been doing it that way for eons. However, if you would like to maximize your hydration potential fresh pressed juices may be for you. Within the juice of plants you will find the vast majority of its vitamins, minerals, and phytonutrients.
Reap The Harvest
We all know that the RDA of certain vitamins and minerals are the building blocks of a healthy body and necessary for optimal health. Phytonutrients on the other-hand have only recently began to gain the attention they so rightfully deserve.
What are Phytonutrients? Phytonutrients are chemical compounds found only in plant based foods. There are more than 25,000 phytonutrients found in plant based foods and the research on their benefits looks very promising.
There is strong evidence that leads to the belief that certain phytonutrients may significantly reduce the risk of developing Alzheimer’s. And, I think most of us have heard about the potential health benefits achieved by consuming carotenoid phytonutrients. Most specifically beta- carotene and lycopene carotenoids. The research being done regarding reducing the risk of cancer with carotenoids looks very promising.
Coffee is My Spirit Animal
What can I say? I love coffee! And yes, there is promising research, which leads to the belief that the almighty bean can have some exceptional health benefits. In short coffee can make you more alert, improve brain function, contains some vital nutrients, and may lower the risk for type two diabetes.
But buyer beware, our little totem bean is a diuretic. While there is no conclusive evidence that the caffeine found in coffee directly causes dehydration, it is certainly not a risk I am willing to take. In other words why on earth would I choose to eliminate my bodies precious stores of H20 at a point in time when hydration is at its utmost importance.
Conclusion: Coffee is a great friend and ally, however if you are hitting the road, and need a hydration boost try supplementing some of your fluid intake with more life giving water and a bit of nutrient rich juice.
Get Your Juice On!
Unless you have a decent sized kitchen in your rig or tiny home juicing can be a challenge. Juicers take up a bit of storage space, typically have numerous parts to clean, and can be very loud. Juicing for myself is my preferred source for a number of reasons. My main reasons being that…
- I can craft my own unique flavor combinations with foods I enjoy
- I can better source my ingredients (farms, farmers markets, or homegrown)
- Processed foods can be quite denatured. In fact, juice begins to oxidize and lose some of its nutritional value 30 short minutes after pressing
I juice for myself when I am able, but living this lifestyle does not always make it doable. Thankfully the ever increasing popularity of juicing has been a game changer for me. It’s pretty easy to find a good juice bar with RV friendly parking, and most health food stores have very knowledgeable juice-aristas. This too is an enjoyable way to get out of our rig for a bit and stretch our legs, and if we’re really lucky we hone in on a shopping center which allows for overnight boondocking. Win-win.
Premium quality, freshly bottled juices are also readily available in most grocery stores now. I’ve even seen them in convenience stores as well as some of the truck stops we have stayed at.
There’s a New Kid in Town
What sets up apart from other cold-pressed juice companies is that our products are always raw, unpasteurized, free of preservatives, made without artificial ingredients and never HPP’d (High Pressure Processed). As a result, our juices boast superior taste and nutrition. -Raw Generation
Raw Generation is the latest addition to the “subscription service” craze, which has grown exponentially since the onset of the 2020 pandemic. I gotta admit, as a full fledged member of the ‘all things simple’ school I am never the first in line for anything new and improved. There is, however a huge potential for the home delivery subscription services to grow and blossom.
I already make the majority of my purchases online. I just find it to be an amazing stress reliever. Also, I feel that this is a wonderful way to reduce my carbon footprint. I look at investing in subscription services the same way as I view the merits of riding the bus. Our local deliver driver is going to drive right on by my home whether I need a delivery or not. With that said, it just makes sense to optimize the drivers deliver route rather than hopping in my car just to pick up a few things.
There is room for improvement for sure, and the concept is sure to experience its own growing pains. As I stated earlier the subscription services are a rather new idea, but I do feel they are here to stay.
With all of that said, if you enjoy fresh raw juices you owe to yourself to checkout Raw Generation.
Raw Generation Key Points
- Juices are 100% raw and cold pressed
- Preservative, artificial color and flavor free
- Gluten Free
- Scheduled deliveries available
To learn more about the Raw Generation story and view their full product line click on the link below.
What is your tried and true hydration hack? Have a great juicing recipe? Let us know in the comments below.
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