Well summer is finally here and we couldn’t be more excited that the sun has decided to make an appearance! We’ve been lapping up the rays at any moment we can… But of course with more time in the sun we become more susceptible to dehydration. Did you know that when you start to feel thirsty your body is already well and truly dehydrated? While keeping a full drink bottle of water on standby would be the easiest way to keep your hydration in check, we understand it may not be the most exciting way! So we’ve got some fun, easy ways you can stay hydrated this summer that might just tantalise those taste buds a little too…
Add Fruit, Herbs & Spices
Water does not have to be drunk as is! Adding some fresh fruit, herbs or spices to your water is a great way to amp up the yum factor and encourage you to drink more on those warmer days. With all those beautiful strawberries available at the moment, we’re loving adding fresh strawbs, cinnamon and mint to our water. Sooo tasty! Other yummy additions include fresh lemon, grapefruit, orange and cucumber. These will boost that hydration factor of your water and also give you a hit of vitamin C, that wonderful vitamin the body could always have more of!
Make up a Big Batch of Iced Tea
Raid that tea drawer at home and pull out some of your fruitiest herbal teas, mix in with a glass of cold water, ice and even some chunks of fresh fruit for a refreshing, summer beverage. We featured a simple recipe for an Iced Fruity Spring Tea in the October Delight Box. Check it out below…
4 Red Seal BODY RIGHT Peach & Pineapple tea bags
1 cup pineapple, sliced
2 peaches, peeled and sliced
1 handful strawberries, sliced
3-4 fresh mint leaves
Lots of ice!
Brew tea bags in a large pot with 4-5 cups of boiling water. Leave to cool and steep covered for 3-4 hours or overnight. In the morning, remove the tea bags and add the brew to 2 large handfuls of ice in a jug. Add fresh pineapple, peach, strawberries and mint. Give it a good stir and serve in tall glasses. Delicious and perfect for a sunny afternoon!
Add Some Natural Electrolytes
Adding in extra natural minerals to your water is a very effective way to stay hydrated and to replace those important minerals that are lost through urine and sweat. Adding a little Himalayan salt to your water is one way of including these minerals, or you can opt for natural electrolytes in the way of coconut water instead of normal water. Coconut water is a yummy sweet beverage that will quench your thirst and hydrate your body! (Read more about coconut water here…)
Use it in Your Smoothies
Including water as the liquid in an everyday smoothie is a great way of sneaking extra water into your day. We love to jam pack our morning smoothies with fresh greens, a little fruit, some superfoods and a cup of water to liquefy it all and it is simply deeeelish! You can always try ½ cup milk and ½ cup water to keep it a little creamier. Coconut water is another tasty and nourishing addition to your smoothie, providing hydration and extra electrolytes as the perfect summer accompaniment to your fresh, seasonal smoothies!
Ditch the Plastic
While this doesn’t apply to the actual taste of water, we thought it important to mention regardless! Yes, we know, it’s just so easy to pick yourself up a plastic bottle of water from the supermarket or dairy and keep using it until it shrivels up on the floor of your car. Truth be told, avoiding plastic drink bottles is better for you AND for the environment. There are some nasty chemicals used in plastic that may leach from the plastic over time and make their way into your water. To play it safe, opt for a glass bottle or simply refill a glass with water throughout the day.
Our bodies are made up of at least 70% water and it is something we are constantly losing, not only through sweat and urine, but also from temperature changes, fever or illness and even when we breathe. Coffee and alcohol drinkers are likely to lose even more water as both of these substances act as diuretics in the body. So keeping hydrated is absolutely key to keeping your health in check! If you’re feeling headachey and foggy brained, drink more water. If you’re feeling confused and forgetful, drink more water. If you’re lacking energy, drink more water.
It can be the best natural remedy and is the first step you should take to get your body and mind back on track! How do you drink yours? Let us know in the comments below xo