If I’ve taught you anything, I hope it’s the importance of hydration and the way it impacts not only your health but also your energy and cognitive function!
One of the most important things I teach — and always a “favorite” for students who take my Hydration course — is the importance of our body’s fascial system and the vital role it plays in helping ensure we are properly hydrated so that our body can function properly and our brain can communicate efficiently.
This is a recipe for a Morning Hydration Shot that can help jumpstart your hydration and prepare your body for a day of absorption, but also has beneficial ingredients that not only to support your body’s fascial system but also support healthy hair, skin, and nails (even your eyelashes and eyebrows will look better!).
The ingredients of the Morning Hydration Shot provide multiple benefits. First, the Vital Proteins Collagen Peptides! The fascial tissue in your body is made almost entirely of collagen….one of the most abundant proteins found in the body. After age 25 your body starts to produce less collagen This is essentially “aging” in its simplest terms. Taking a collagen powder is a great way to help slow this “drying out” process of your fascial tissue, but also has the added benefit of helping your body grow healthy hair, strong nails, and keep your skin elastic and glowing!
The 1/2 scoop of collagen peptides in the recipe will provide you with around 5 g protein, 5 g collagen, 20 mg hyaluronic acid, 25% of your daily Vitamin C + more. This will vary slightly depending on which flavor of peptides you choose but is a great way to get a little dose of beneficial vitamins and trace minerals.
Next, chia seeds! These tiny seeds come from a desert-dwelling plant that is renowned for being able to retain moisture. When they are put into liquid they form a beneficial gel around them. A single chia seed can hold up to 9x its weight in water. They can essentially act as time-release gel caps to help you stay hydrated throughout the day, and their added fiber will help you absorb more of the water you drink throughout the day.
My Morning Hydration Shot is just one of the various ways you can get these ingredients into your diet each day. What I like about this method is that it’s quick and easy on days when I’m busy and might not be making a smoothie or juice and it makes it quick and easy for me to get both collagen and chia. I’ve started integrating this into my daily routine because I am currently increasing my daily amount of collagen to provide more support for hair growth, and found this to be an easy way to get in an extra scoop.
I recommend making the Morning Hydration Shot in a small container that can be shaken. A recycled baby food jar or small jam jar will work perfectly!
1 oz water (any temperature is fine, I like it warm from the tap)
1/2 tsp chia seeds
1/2-1 scoop Vital Proteins Collagen Peptides (I love their Lavender Lemon flavor for this, but any flavor or their plain variety will work, too!)
Squeeze of lemon juice or other citrus
Few drops of honey or pure maple syrup
Note: You can use whole or ground chia seeds. The benefit of ground chia seeds is that they have more surface area and can produce slightly more gel.
Combine all ingredients and shake vigorously for a few seconds to combine. Let it sit for at least 10 minutes to allow the chia seeds to form a thick gel around them. Give it another gentle shake before removing the lid and drinking it. It is fine to make this the night before or take it on-the-go.
Just like Morning Lemon Water, the most important part of the Morning Hydration Shot is that you enjoy it and will make it a daily ritual. So, play around with the water temperature and ingredients and come up with a recipe that you enjoy.
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