7 tips for healthy hydration

Jul 25, 2019
Posted in: Food & Drink   Posted by: Natalie

We don’t know about you, but trying to stay cool and keep cool in these sweltering temperatures seems never ending! That’s unless you’re choosing to chill beside our Outdoor Pool, and taking regular dips to help beat the heat…

Although we can’t help keep you cool, we can help keep you hydrated. With the mercury rising, we’ve complied our top tips on staying hydrated, to keep you and your body happy and healthy this summer.

HOW MUCH WATER SHOULD I BE DRINKING DAILY?
As a basic guide, most people need about 1.5 to 2 litres of fluid a day, which is about eight to 10 glasses. Keep a water bottle with you wherever you go, and stay on track of your water intake throughout the day – did you know you can download free APPs on your phone that help you track your water consumption throughout the day, and even remind you to take a sip?!

GET SOME WATER THROUGH FOOD
Did you know water in food also counts – fruit and vegetables contain lots of water. Cucumber and lettuce have the highest water content of any food – a massive 96%. Tomatoes area also packed with water – about 94%. Keep your hydration levels topped up by adding them to a salad or a sandwich.

COFFEE & ALCOHOL
Can’t start your morning without a cup of coffee? In this heat, you might want to think again. Coffee (and alcohol) are diuretics, and we’re sorry to say, iced coffee is not the same as water. Try and limit your coffee and alcohol intake in really hot weather, but if and when you do feel the need, make sure to get some water in there too.

ELECTROLYTES ARE YOUR FRIEND
Electrolytes—which include nutrients like sodium and potassium—are lost in sweat. Electrolytes are essential for vital reactions in the body, so it’s important to replace electrolytes when they are depleted. Most electrolytes can be replenished simply with regular, healthy meals, but if you’re exercising for longer than 60-minutes, you may want to consider a sports drink (particularly if it’s a warm day).

EXERCISE IS THIRSTY WORK
Following strenuous exercise, you need more protein to build muscle, carbohydrates to refuel muscle, electrolytes to replenish what’s lost in sweat, and fluids to help rehydrate the body. Low-fat chocolate milk is a perfect, natural replacement that fills those requirements.

DRINK BEFORE YOU EAT
We all can relate to that late-afternoon “must-have a snack” hungry feeling. Before reaching for the nearest source of calories, drink some water! Sometimes our brains confuse thirst with hunger, so next time the feeling strikes, hydrate before eating and your hunger “pains” just might disappear.

GO COCO-NUTS
Coconut water is a mineral-rich liquid from the inside of young, green coconuts. Packed with potassium, magnesium, sodium, and calcium, coconut water can replenish lost fluids and electrolytes from exercise and hot summer temperatures. Try freezing coconut water ice cubes for a refreshing, hydrating summer treat.

Water is truly the elixir of life. Enjoy a Summer Like No Other, but just remember to drink plenty of water and eat a diet rich in hydrating whole fruits and vegetables to keep you going strong all summer long. Your body (and mind) will thank you!

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