Beat the Heat! Stay Hydrated!

Beat the heat, stay hydrated!

Ok, we have heard it a thousand times...  Drink 8 glasses of water a day to stay hydrated.

However, if you are anything like me, I am not a big fan of drinking plain old water.

But guess what?  You can stay hydrated by eating your water too!

The summer is great time to get fresh local produce that is full of water and essential vitamins and minerals.

Doesn't that sound like more fun?  

And a great way to ensure you are eating your vitamins!

Think of Watermelon, Cucumbers, Tomatoes, Spinach, Chard, Kale, Lettuce, Radishes...

Just go to your local farmers market or grocery store and you will find an abundance of fresh local produce available to us.

Another way to stay hydrated is to make flavoured waters or iced teas.

This can be a lot of fun if you get creative....

For flavoured waters, try one of my favourites and simplest, add a few lemon/lime wedges, a few cucumber slices, a knob of ginger, and a couple of fresh mint leaves to some filtered water.  Let that sit in the fridge to chill and drink throughout the day.  Refill with fresh filtered water as needed, this mixture can last up to 3 days.

For iced teas, it is pretty much the same as making hot tea.  Brew your favourite tea, let it cool, then transfer to a pitcher and put in the fridge to cool.  Delicious!

Another favourite of mine... blend some watermelon, strain, and add that to the water, yummy!

But, don't stop there! Mix it up and add some flavourings. How about mint tea? Raspberry tea? Chamomile?

Not only are these delicious and refreshing cold, but there are great antioxidants and cleansers, so how can you go wrong?!

Well, I hope you enjoyed some of the water alternatives I have suggested... Not only will you hydrate your body with these suggestions, but you will also adding nutrients to your daily intake, even possibly cleansing and/or detoxing at the same time!

Drink up!!!!

 

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