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Pro Tips to Stay Hydrated This Summer

Though the summer has barely started, the temperatures here in New York City have been sweltering the past few days. It’s been great to final feel some warm weather, but the heat had the side effect of leaving my body feeling dehydrated and exhausted.

summer_hydrationRegardless of where you live, you’re likely experiencing a similar shift to higher temperatures. For many, the change between spring and summer is a shock for the body, which suddenly needs more hydration and electrolytes than it does in any other season. It’s all because of sweat. Heat and humidity cause bodies to cool themselves through perspiration, leading to the loss of water, salt, and other minerals key to bodily processes.

While the easiest way to avoid dehydration in the summer is to stay inside a climate-controlled room, that’s no way to enjoy this beautiful season. With so many outdoor activities to enjoy in the warmer months, who doesn’t want to be out enjoying the weather? Luckily, it’s easy (and tasty) to stay hydrated all summer long, whether you’re at the beach, on a hike, or picnicking in the park. The next time you find yourself outside in the hot and humid weather, try some of these tips to keep yourself healthy and hydrated:

Drink enough water, and don’t forget your electrolytes! Replacing the water lost through sweat is key to keeping yourself feeling your best, but be sure to also include electrolytes into the mix. This combination of sodium, potassium, calcium, and magnesium is also lost in sweat, and if not replaced, can cause serious health problems. One solution is to mix sports drinks or electrolyte powders with water, which replaces both liquids and electrolytes in one fell swoop. Coconut water is another great way to replenish your electrolytes, as the drink naturally contains potassium and magnesium.

Eat foods with high water and vitamin content. This is one of the most effective ways to feel hydrated. Foods such as watermelon, cucumbers, bell peppers, strawberries, and grapefruit are all fantastic sources of water, vitamins, and minerals that can help you stay hydrated.

Add chia seeds to your diet. Chia seeds are also a great addition to your diet, as they can absorb up to 30 times their weight in water, creating a gel-like substance. Because it is difficult for the digestive system to break this substance down, it allows the body to absorb the fluid slowly throughout the process, keeping the body at an even level of hydration for a longer period of time. This also helps regulate the level of fluid in the body, only absorbing fluids as the body needs.

Don’t Wait Until You’re Thirsty. Often, you’re already dehydrated by the time you begin to feel thirsty. It’s better to continually sip on water throughout the day instead of drinking a giant glass when you begin to feel thirsty.

What’s your trick to staying hydrated in the summer? Leave your favorite tips in the comments below.

About the author

Ashley Warwa received her training as a Health Coach from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition’s cutting-edge Health Coach Training Program. Her education was equipped with extensive knowledge in holistic nutrition, health coaching, and preventive health. Drawing on these skills and her knowledge on different dietary theories, she is working with clients to help them make lifestyle changes that produce real and lasting results.

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Ashley Warwa is the soon to be author of Feed Your Self Fabulous and is the founder of Six Months to Sexy which is a one to one health coaching program designed for women, to help them achieve the ultimate health, wellness & beauty. Clients receive a personally tailored diet & manageable steps to help them lose weight, look great and get to optimum health.


			
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If there’s one drink that nutrition and health experts swear by, it’s lemon water. Sounds simple, sure, but it is actually a powerhouse of a drink, and the perfect way to get your body ready for the day ahead. Lemons are packed with vital nutrients, like calcium, magnesium, fiber, potassium, iron, vitamin C, and B-complex vitamins. They pretty much are little yellow balls of healthy goodness! Combined with the hydrating H20, you’ve got yourself the ultimate morning drink. Here are ten more benefits of lemon water: 1) Helps Digestion. In Ayurvedic traditions, it is believed that toxins build up in our stomachs and can cause disease if not cleansed. Lemon helps your digestive system by stimulating your liver to produce more bile. It also helps it by adding more acid that helps break down food and flush out toxins. 2) Freshens Your Breath. Lemon helps get rid of gingivitis and relieves toothaches. Just be sure to hold off on brushing your teeth for at least a couple of hours after drinking lemon water as the citric acid in lemon can erode tooth enamel. 3) Relieves Constipation. Lemon water is a natural way to relieve constipation quickly. Lemon stimulates the bowels, and it helps your intestines produce mucus, which your intestines need to function optimally. It also hydrates the colon and adds moisture to dry stools. 4) Helps Give You Clear Skin. Lemons are full of antioxidants that your skin needs in order to be blemish-free. These antioxidants also help decrease wrinkles. Fun fact: when used topically, lemons can help diminish scars and dark spots! 5) Cleanses the Lymphatic System. Some practices of medicine believe that a dehydrated lymphatic system is a major cause of illness. Drinking lemon water helps hydrate your lymphatic system. When it’s not properly hydrated, it can make you feel tired, constipated, and just plain sickly. Lemon water can help cure you of all these symptoms and also improve your immunity, which helps prevent them in the first place. 6) Reduces Bloating. Lemon water helps relieve constipation, which in turn causes you to lose water weight. Lemons also contain pectin fiber, which helps fight hunger cravings. 7) Reduces Inflammation. Drinking lemon water regularly decreases the acidity in your body. In particular, it reduces uric acid in your joints, which helps ease joint inflammation. 8) Gives You Energy. Drinking lemon water on a regular basis helps your body become healthy, which means that the energy that it was spending fighting off toxins and illnesses will be free to spend as you want! 9) Boosts Your Mood. Lemons have a lot of potassium, which is an essential nutrient for proper nerve and muscle function. Potassium is key in helping your nervous system produce and deliver the neurotransmitters that boost your mood. Low potassium levels have been linked with anxiety and depression. 10) Helps You Cut out Caffeine and Energy Drinks. With all the healing and energy your body will receive from drinking lemon water, caffeine and energy drinks will be things of the past! Plus, having this as your first drink of the morning—rather than a coffee—might diminish your desire to grab a latte afterward. Have you incorporated lemon water into your diet? Share your experience in the comment section below! – See more at: http://www.ashfab.net/http%3A//www.wellnesstoday.com/nutrition/10-things-you-didn-t-know-about-the-benefits-of-lemon-water#sthash.7haBioJb.dpuf