- Start your day with a SMOOTHIE.
At night, especially during summer, the body dehydrates quite a lot. Thus, it is highly important to re-hydrate your cells the moment you get out of bed. First things first – drink a glass of water. Ideally, with half a lemon squeezed inside. It will also prepare your stomach for breakfast while stimulating digestion. Next – choose your favorite leafy greens (e.g. spinach, collard greens, kale, etc.) and some fruit of choice (such as green apples, peaches, strawberries, etc.). Add all ingredients to the blender and create the most energizing, detoxifying summer smoothie! Not only will you re-hydrate your cells, you will also absorb all minerals and vitamins much easier, since the blender breaks down the fiber of the fruit and vegetables, and once again you ease the digestion process. By starting your day with a light, nutritious breakfast in the form of a smoothie, you not only hydrate your body, but you also boost your immune system and even aid weight loss.
- Eat VEGETABLES of all kinds.
Truly, all vegetables are great. You are free to consume as many vegetables as you want at any given time of the day without worrying about your waistline. Vegetables are low in calories, nutrient-dense foods which help you stay healthy and slim. They’re high in antioxidants, fiber, minerals and vitamins. Studies have also shown that a diet, high in vegetables, protects against cancer due to the compounds indoles and isothyocianates. Vegetables are naturally very high in water. The more vegetables you consume – the more waste products and toxins flush out from your body, the more you hydrate your cells.
- Include FRUITS with high water content.
My summer favorite – watermelon. In fact, a study from 2009 conducted at the University of Aberdeen Medical School showed that wasting watermelon or cucumber after a workout can hydrate your body twice as effectively than a glass of water. It is explained with fruit providing additional nutritional benefits like natural sugars, amino acids, vitamins and salts lost during exercise. Moreover, fruits high in water provide a feeling of fullness, making it almost impossible to overeat!
I hope this blog was useful for you. Remember, hydration is key! And water comes in many delicious forms…
What are your tips to hydrate in summer?