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Just Add Water

July 7, 2010

Lately, the weather in many areas across the country has pushed the envelope of what’s comfortable.  The heat has reached levels that are dangerous for many individuals.  Taking special care of ourselves is very important, and worth the extra effort; as temperatures soar near 100 and over, in some regions. 

Some tips for staying cool in the sizzle of summer:

    1. Drink more (and more) water…The body is 75% water and needs to be replenished continually.  When we are sweating and losing fluids through our skin, it’s even more essential to add more water to your diet.
    2. Drink cold water in very hot temps to cool your body down from the inside out.
    3. Avoid sugary sports drinks, sodas, and juices that can make you even thirstier and add extra calories.
    4. Limit your exercise to early morning or late evening to avoid the excessive heat of midday sun.

        This New York Times article explains that “people who drink lots of high-calorie beverages rarely compensate by eating less, and they can end up with a caloric overload.  And if people who try to limit calories fill their daily quota with high-calorie drinks, they can easily shortchange themselves on foods that supply essential, health-promoting nutrients: fruits and vegetables…”

        A large majority of American people are dehydrated, which contributes significantly to a poor state of health.  Maintaining hydration can prevent premature aging, eliminate pain and headaches, lessen hypertension and promote weight loss.  Symptoms of dehydration include fatigue, irritability, headache and muscle cramps. 

        Try adding a squeeze of lemon or orange, a slice of cucumber, some mint, or anything that creates an appealing flavor. 

        What’s your favorite way to stay cool in sweltering temps?