Written by: Dr. Kaleigh Coolsaet
Now that summer is fast approaching its time to think water! During the summer months, we tend to be more active. Add that with warmer temperatures and we sweat a lot more. Keeping properly hydrated is important for optimal health as well as preventing heat stroke and dehydration.
Easy ways to incorporate more water into your days is to prepare fruit or herbal tea infused water. Try carrying around a water bottle with you to all your summer activities to remind you to drink plenty of water while on the go.
Refreshing Fruit Water:
- 2-3 Litres of water (depending on the size of your water jug)
- 2 Lemons
- ½ cucumber
- 10-12 mint leaves
Add all ingredients into your water jug and place in the fridge or add ice
Stay hydrated everyday with drinking a minimum of two litres of water per day. Increase that amount of water on the days you exercise to replenish the water lost from sweat. Drinking an electrolyte solution is also important to replenish salts lost and helps to keep your cells hydrated.
Electrolyte replacement beverages:
Coconut water is a refreshing source of naturally occurring electrolytes.
Homemade electrolyte drink:
- 1 litre of water
- Juice of one citrus fruit (lemon, lime, or orange)
- 3 Tbp honey
- 1/2 tsp sea salt
- 1/4 tsp baking soda
Note: Most commercial brand electrolyte drinks contain artificial colours and/or sweeteners which can have negative health effects. Look for products that are naturally sweetened with glucose, fructose, sucrose and don’t contain artificial colours.
Best in Health,