Summer is here, which means temperatures are on the rise. However, it’s important to be active and keep moving. Staying hydrated is key when spending summer days taking a jog, keeping up the yard, or chilling in the pool. Obviously, drinking plain old H2O is key, but you can find more interesting ways to beat the heat.
First, if possible, try to knock out any intense activity early in the day. This will be the coolest time compared to mid-afternoon when the sun is blazing. If early isn’t possible, wait until the early evening to mow your lawn or any other outdoor activity.
Did you know you can eat water and electrolytes?! Most people just think of sport drinks when it comes to hydration, but eating whole foods is another way to get the replenishment you need. Plus, you get the added bonus of vitamins and minerals. Apples, citrus fruits, watermelon, tomatoes, and even broccoli can help you increase your water intake without taking a sip. Potassium-rich foods like sweet potatoes, bananas, and spinach give you this important electrolyte, plus fiber and antioxidants. For natural sodium, try eating celery or beets, or sipping unsweetened coconut water or broth. Sip (or chomp) away!