Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Stay Hydrated in the Summer

Our bodies are made up of about 60% water, and every part of our bodies depends on water. So water is important for healthy skin, hair, and nails, as well as controlling body temperature, heart rate, and blood pressure.

Keeping a cold jug of water in the refrigerator is a great way to get the kids to drink more water rather than those sugary drinks that are full of chemicals.
To save room in the fridge...  keep a Slimline container filled with water.  Convenient to quick fill a glass & it does not take up so much room as a large pitcher.

You can stay fully hydrated throughout the day by drinking water and other fluids, as well as eating foods that are hydrating.

What Counts as Water?

Fruits are an excellent source for water. Watermelon is 90% water, so it ranks highest on the list. Oranges, grapefruit, and melons like cantaloupe and honeydew are also strong contenders.
Vegetables, though not as full of water as fruit, can also provide a nutrient-rich water source. Stick with celery, cucumbers, tomatoes, green peppers, and Romaine lettuce.

 Coffee and tea also count in your tally. Many used to believe that they were dehydrating, but that myth has been debunked. The diuretic effect does not offset hydration.

If you don't like the taste of plain water, add a lemon to it. Or mash fruit... strawberries, blueberries or whatever you like & stir it in.

Remember...  during the hot summer days or if you are working out, drink up & stay healthy. 

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