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Delicious Hydration Tips

Staying hydrated in the heat doesn’t need to be boring

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The research is clear: staying hydrated is one of the healthiest habits you can adopt. According to research published in the journal Nutrients, mild dehydratio­n interferes with brain processing and compromise­s your ability to focus. And if you have ever felt sore during a workout, you should also know that those aches and pains or the difficulty you experience when trying to lift a heavier weight or push through that extra kilometre can be due to dehydratio­n, and not your lack of strength. If you are tired of filling the doctor’s proverbial ‘eight glasses a day’ prescripti­on with just water, try some new ways of keeping hydrated.

REFRESHER

Coconut water contains electrolyt­es, including potassium and sodium, which are critical to proper nerve and muscle function. To make, mix equal parts coconut water and fresh-squeezed juice (and a dash of raw honey, if you like it sweet).

FREEZE FRUITY POPS

For a summer treat, blend a hydrating fruit such as watermelon (which contains 91.5 per cent water) with lemon juice (an excellent source of potassium). Add coconut water for an electrolyt­e boost and raw honey if you like. Then fill ice-pop moulds and freeze for about an hour.

SIP SOME SUMMER SOUP No one wants hot soup on a summer day. Instead, make a classic gazpacho by blending tomato (which contains 94.5 per cent water) and cucumber (which contains 96.7 per cent water) with a little garlic and sea salt. Or experiment with cold soups made from other foods with high water content, such as cauliflowe­r, celery, spinach, berries and zucchini.

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