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Beat the heat and stay hydrated this summer


Aug 16 2017

The long days of summer bring us warm, sunny days, vacations, but also increased risk for dehydration, headaches and fatigue all day long. However, plenty of fluids, fresh fruits and vegetables along with some simple rules can easily help you beat the heat, stay healthy and fit while the temperatures soar! The experts at Weightmonitor UAE share some insightful tips on how to stay hydrated this summer!

• Drinking beverages with meals
Many of us are unsure as to whether it’s fine to drink beverages with meals. The truth is that there is no need to separate beverages from solid foods, rather, sip in moderation. A plain glass of room temperature water or some green tea or soup are fine with meals-better still a squeeze of lime or lemon can enhance iron and calcium uptake from food, besides adding vitamin C.

• Drinking enough water
As per recommendations many would be guilty of not drinking enough. An adult body requires an average of about 2 – 2.5 litres (8-10 glasses) of fluid daily to make adequate urine and stay in balance.

• Inadequate fluid intake can lead to dehydration
Thirst may not be a reliable indicator of your fluid needs. Inadequate fluid intake could lead to dehydration. Some of its early signs are poor concentration, lethargy, fatigue and dry mouth. Chronic fluid insufficiency can lead to hyper-filteration in the kidneys leading to renal disease or stones. Severe dehydration can be dangerous with serious health consequences like nausea, vomiting, loss of consciousness and can even be fatal. Hence it is vital to remain well-hydrated during the hot dry days. Summer beverages may be a good way to meet your extra needs.

• Easy homemade summer beverages
Vegetable juices traditional, buttermilk, coconut or lime water and herbal teas are loaded with electrolytes, minerals and antioxidants which help to fight diseases. They have healing and restorative properties and make simple natural ways to enhance health and vitality. Bael and rose sherbet, lemonade, mintade, mango mojito, barley or, smoothies, litchi juice, cucumber and mint soup, cammomile tea, are great summer coolers.

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