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5 Ways Other Than Water to Hydrate During Summer

Water you doing to hydrate this summer?

On any given day, proper hydration is important for good health (think energy, digestion, and circulation), but during the summer it’s critical.

Not only do warmer temperatures and increased activity require more liquid intake but living at elevation in a drier climate demands more hydration to support blood pressure in getting oxygen to the brain.

So while it may be easy to overlook (especially if you’re not sweating), it’s vital that you pay attention to how you are hydrating.

But is water the only way?

Although it can be the first that comes to mind, it’s not the only!

Contrary to what we may think, plain water is not necessarily the most beneficial when hydrating in summer.

That award goes to…a blend of both water and electrolytes.

Electrolytes regulate the electrical conductivity throughout the body and are essential for our system to function properly.

Throughout a typical day in the summer as well as during physical activity, the body releases electrolytes through urine and sweat.  It’s important these are replenished – particularly sodium and potassium that together, maintain fluid and blood levels.

Keep in mind that it’s all about balance.  Too much sodium without enough potassium can lead to cardiovascular disease (especially high blood pressure) and too much water without electrolytes may cause depletion of these nutrients altogether.

So while a glass of water is still a great go-to, the following are 5 other options for hydrating in summer (or any time of year!):

Fresh made juice

Whether homemade or store bought, fresh juice without added sugars and preservatives can be a great way to hydrate!

Make your own concoction, or try some like:

Popsicles

Summer is official when popsicles are enjoyed on a warm day!

We love creating our own and having them for breakfast, snack, or desserts.

Fill popsicle molds with fruit or vegetable puree, water, and herbs.

Some of our favorites are:

  • layering puree of cantaloupe, honeydew, and pineapple
  • flavored sparkling water with strawberries and blueberries, with a sprinkling of chopped basil or mint
  • blending greens, banana, beet, apple, and ginger with a squeeze of lime

Just put them in the freezer and within a few hours, you (and the kids!) can cool off!

Electrolyte drinks

Specially made waters and drinks offer added electrolytes and can be found in stores and online.  Just be mindful of sugar and mix half with water if the content is high.

Electrolyte packets (such as LMNT) can be mixed with water.

Herbal iced teas

Sitting outside and relaxing with iced tea is a summertime treat.  And, it can be a delicious way to get more fluid intake!

Try making:

Fruit and herbal ice cubes

Spruce up any drink with fun ice!

Grab an ice tray, fill with water and add your favorite herbs and fruits for a unique twist.

Some options are:

  • strawberry and basil
  • pineapple and lime
  • kiwi and orange
  • mint

Summer is a time for relaxation and fun – and hydration plays a key role in keeping you healthy through it all.

Whether adding creative ice cubes to sparkling water to bring to the pool or bringing along a freshly made juice as you run daily errands, keep up healthy fluid intake with mindful and yummy creations!

In need of naturopathic care this summer?

We’ve got you covered.

Please call us at (303) 688-6698 or click here to schedule a free 15 minute phone consultation with Dr. Graves.

Summer is better when you feel your best – ready to strive for it?

The CNMA office provides naturopathic care, acupuncture, testing, massage, and holistic counseling to those in Castle Rock, Castle Pines, Highlands Ranch, Lone Tree, Centennial, Parker, Larkspur, Monument, Colorado Springs, and the greater Denver metro area.  For those outside of these areas, virtual appointments are available.

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