Beyond the Tap: Hydrating with Food

It’s no secret that proper hydration is a key component of a healthy functioning body.  It keeps organs lubricated, energy levels stable, skin glowing, and hair healthy and strong.


The guideline most people associate with hydration is the “rule of eight,” or eight 8-ounce glasses of water a day.  This of course varies depending on your gender, weight, sweat output, climate, health status, if your breast feeding or pregnant, if your name ends in a “Y”, if you were born in a leap year….


The point is, it’s different for everyone.


That is not to say the “rule of eight” isn’t a good guideline to follow, but for many people, tracking ounces, counting glasses and just remembering to drink, is easier said than done.  Before you know it, it’s 2 in the afternoon, and you’re still sitting with the cold remains of your first coffee.


And in case you were wondering, the catch-up and chug game is not nearly as beneficial as continuous water intake, and can actually flush vitamins and nutrients away before your body has had the chance to absorb them.


Another, and some say better way to give your body the fluids it needs, is to incorporate more hydrating foods into your diet.  According to Dr. Howard Murod, a leading expert on health and skin care and author of The Water Secret, “eating water” has many benefits and can actually keep you hydrated longer than simply drinking water.


Cucumbers, mixed greens, zucchini, tomatoes, bell peppers, and raspberries are among the many fruits and vegetables that are composed of mostly water, with watermelon, strawberries, and tomatoes topping the charts at greater than 90% water make-up.  Unlike drinking water alone, fruits and veggies provide your body with additional and substantial vitamins and nutrients.  And if you’re in Missouri, you might recognize that most of these foods can be grown in your backyard!


Load your meals and snacks with luscious fruits and veggies and spend less time counting glasses.  Keep sliced veggies and fruits around at all times for an easily accessible snack/drink combo.


Stop chugging and start munching!  Hydrate with food throughout the day.   Your body will thank you!


Want some more positive food knowledge?  Join us!






Nourish your mind, body, and appetite with a seasonal and organic vegetarian lunch at Ebenezer UCC Fellowship Hall in Augusta, MO.  A special guest will join you at the table to share knowledge about health and wellness.  Limit 12 per meal.   Each Friday in October.  Noon to 1:30 PM. See schedule below for topics and prices.  Contact Halcyon Spa for reservations.


Join Kathy Kessler, owner of Halcyon Spa, on Friday evenings for 5-course dinners featuring seasonal and local harvest, vegetarian cuisine.  Fabulous cooks Robin Gallaher and Kathy Kessler will mindfully create gourmet dinners with appetizer, soup, salad, entree and dessert served with Republic of Tea.  Each meal will be limited to 12 guests for one seating at 7:00 PM around a large table at the Ebenezer UCC Fellowship Hall.  Get your friends together or make it a date night, and experience the art of creating flavorful food with earth’s gifts of fruit, vegetables, grains, seeds and nuts. Gluten Free and Vegan optional.   Contact Halcyon Spa for reservations. ~$35


Friday, October 4, “Get Cultured!” with Kim Lebbing of Healthy Tummies: Learn the art of culturing your own vegetables!  Cultured vegetables have been treasured for their ability to support the immune system for thousands of years all over the world.  In this class you will learn the basics of cultured food and why it is an important addition to your diet.  Learn how to  make Kimchi, Pickled Cucumbers, Pickled Red Peppers, Pineapple Chutney, and Lemon-Gingerade.  In addition Kim will speak about the health benefits of cultured, fermented foods, broths and stocks for nutrition and heath of the gut.    ~$35


Friday, October 11, “Transformation.  Being Empowered to Make a Different Choice!”  with Kathy Kessler, PT, LMT, RYT-500 and owner of Halcyon Spa:   Listen to Kathy speak of how she went from being a carnivore, sugar addict, binge eater;  to eating more mindfully with a gluten free and a vegetarian lifestyle.  The tricks she has found to help her find balance in her life with exercise, a social life, running a business and practicing yoga.  Hear her heart felt  story about being diagnosed with Graves Disease and how is ended up being a blessing along her life’s journey; as she shares books, philosophies on health and wellness, and personal challenges.  ~$15


Friday, October 18, “Foundation of Supplements for Wellness” with Kristen Brokaw of OrthoMolecular: Learn the foundation of supplements for basic wellness as Kristen shares product knowledge, key ingredients, and words to look for when shopping for supplements.  She will explain the key purposes of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, pro-biotics, digestive enzymes and Omega 3, 6 & 9.  Kristen has been bringing her enthusiasm for nutrition to health practitioners for the last 7 years. As a representative for Ortho Molecular Products, her strength is making complex nutritional topics easy to understand and applicable to daily life. She knows the difficulties of maintaining your health in this busy world. Join her for a discussion on what constitutes Foundational Nutrition and demystify the confusion around supplements.   ~$15


Friday, October 25, “The Plan” with Robin Gallaher, The Fabulous Cook for Halcyon Days: Hear about Robin’s personal experience with The Plan diet, and exploring various food impacts on your body.  Robin will share recipes, tricks and her personal quest to find the right diet for herself in this inspirational story.  She is a natural in the kitchen, and loves searching for new recipes, and trying them out with friends and family, then making them her own with slight variations.   ~$15