As summer temperatures soar, you have to work harder to stay hydrated. Your body needs to maintain a healthy fluid balance to carry oxygen to the cells, regulate its temperature and eliminate wastes and toxins. You can quench your thirst during the worst heat waves with plain water, or you can mix it up a bit with some fun, flavourful alternatives.
Revitalizing with Juicy Fruits and Veggies
Seasonal fruits and vegetables can be excellent thirst-quenchers, and they contain critical nutrients and fibre. Some steamy weather must-tries include:
This humble veggie has more water than any other food and is a great source of iron, vitamin K and vitamin B6. Add chunks to a salad, eat a few slices or blend cucumber with yogurt and dill for a refreshing summer dip. You can also slice a cucumber and add it to your water with mint sprigs for an icy cool drink.
While dark, leafy greens tend to get the most attention when it comes to nutrient-dense leaves, lettuces such as green leaf, romaine, butterhead and even iceberg are refreshingly light and hydrating. Pile your salad plate high, or use lettuce leaves in place of wraps and buns to cool down your summer cookout.
“Water” is right in the name of this luscious summer mainstay, but the fluid content of watermelon is only part of the reason watermelon is a great summer rehydrator. It is a great source of magnesium, salt, potassium and calcium, which your body must replace especially after heavy sweating. Eat watermelon straight, or mix it up with cantaloupe and strawberries for a sweet summery fruit salad.
Picking just one fruit or veggie to keep hydrated can be tough, so consider juicing your favorites or whirling several together for a flavorful, fiber-rich smoothie.
After a workout or time in the sun, you might be thirsty. Quench that thirst with water, or reach for something a little more revitalizing. Some great alternatives to tap water include:
The sweet, tropical taste of coconut water puts this drink light years ahead of plain water, but unlike fruit-flavoured sports drinks, coconut water is low in carbohydrates. Thanks to its high potassium content, it can even help rehydrate you after light sweating. Add citrus slices for an extra burst of freshness.
While tea gets a bad rap sometimes due to its caffeine content, it can hydrate you just as well as water. Black, white and green teas are all packed with antioxidant power, and herbal teas can be just as refreshing. Toss a few berries, mint sprigs or citrus slices in your brew for extra flavour.
Aloe Vera Juice
You might be more familiar with the idea of treating sunburned skin with aloe vera, but the invigoratingly sour juice of this prickly succulent is packed with immune-boosting, anti-inflammatory nutrients, including vitamins B, C and E, and can just as effectively quench your thirst.
Take care of your body this summer, and don’t forget to keep hydrated. All of the products we mentioned above can be found at Famous Foods, drop in and stock up!