Can anyone help me out with explaining how much water I should drink on top of my Huel shakes? I’ve gone 100% Huel since Monday, and want to make sure I am drinking enough (I have headaches and trying to rule out dehydration as a cause).
I am currently consuming 4 Huel shakes a day, 100g mixed with 600ml water, and drinking 2.5 litres on top of that, surely that is more than enough?
Pinch of salt time… The left hand side of the pee colour chart is gives a rough guide; the right hand side is a little dangerous in the way it’s suggesting possible problems (I’ve lived with an internet hypochondriac who was in fact seriously ill). If it looks like any of the right hand colours, take a sample to your GP and let them work out why it’s that colour. The brownish orange is normal for me first thing in the morning, whereas I’ve known prescription drugs account for two other “abnormal” colours.
I think that “let thirst be your guide” is excellent advice: make sure that you’ve always got a glass of water within arm’s reach. If your body doesn’t need it then you won’t find yourself reaching for it, and that’ll be fine. If the glass is empty then you know there’s some kind of not-quite-hydrated-enough signal being sent.
Thanks, that answers my question really, I can include the water in my Huel towards the ‘2.7 litres’. I might try adding a little salt to my shakes and see if it makes a difference. The headache isn’t as bad today but I’ve lost my appetite. As of 5.45pm I’m writing this having only had 200g Huel all day, and I’ve been in work (support worker, fairly active job) and to the gym but really don’t fancy a shake.
Slice of lemon (and other fruit if you can) in your daily water drank through a straw to minimise tooth enamel breakdown is nature’s electrolyte drink. Water on its own can dilute your digestive enzymes so you get bloating, discomfort, pain. But, with a high fibre, high protein Huel drink, everyone is quick to point fingers whereas really it’s the difference in diet that needs other aspects of your diet adjusted to suit.
Digestive enzyme tablets and gluten free diet + GF Huel and infused water intake (helps avoid caffeine too) has helped me no end.
Not sure if it will help you, but I found that I was low in electrolytes, and wasn’t actually absorbing my water well enough. I was drinking plenty, and just going to the bathroom plenty.
I bought some stuff (the three main brands I’ve used are DayLyte, HiLyte and LyteShow, although there are others), shake it up, put a few drops in your drink (usually about 45 drops per liter, adjust to your quantity) and drink. Doesn’t overly change the taste of your drink, but I find that I’m not as thirsty and when I drink a large amount, it doesn’t immediately flush out of me.
Now, I’m not a nutritionist, nor a doctor, and a sample size of one is not a valid study. But that’s my experience, if you’re interested…