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Delicious Hydration Tips
Staying hydrated in the heat doesn’t need to be boring
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.
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.