Our body needs lots of water to keep us thriving. When people get dehydrated, they sometimes become lightheaded or suffer headaches.
These refreshing recipes and tips can help you avoid that and stay hydrated during the heat of summer.
- Load up on fresh produce: Many fruits and veggies naturally contain a lot of water. Incorporate them into your meals and snacks to get a hydrating boost, plus a bonus of fiber and other nutrients. A few examples include: Watermelon, strawberries, grapefruit, cantaloupe, peaches, pineapple, grapes, cucumber, lettuce, zucchini, and tomatoes. (Source: SFGate)
- A classic trick to improve the flavor (and the look!) of your water: Add sliced fruit or veggies or sprigs of fresh herbs. One of our staff members likes adding mint, or slices of grapefruit or cucumber to her water. Or try this fun combo: muddled strawberry and basil. Photo credit
- A spin on the above idea: Freeze orange juice or lemonade in an ice cube tray and add a few cubes to plain water. As they melt, they’ll add a subtle fresh flavor without all the added sugar.
- Blend ‘em up and cool off: Get a big dose of greens along with hydration with this “green-on-green” smoothie. The pineapple and lime juice make it extra refreshing: http://www.thingsimadetoday.com/2015/07/21/green-on-green-on-green-smoothie/. If green juice isn’t your thing, try this zesty Mystical Mango smoothie: http://ohsheglows.com/2015/08/07/the-blender-girls-mystical-mango-smoothie/.
- Milk: Whether it’s from a cow or a nut or some other dairy substitute, milk can be a great way to increase your liquid intake. Many milk alternatives have a vanilla variety, too.
- Iced herbal tea: Brew your favorite hot herbal tea (most grocery stores have several fun caffeine free options), add some ice and maybe a bit of lemon juice or honey, and relax on the patio.
What to watch out for:
Drinks with caffeine or sodium; these can actually deplete the water in your body