August 13, 2018 8:11 am Leave your thoughts
The temperature’s rising. The sun’s high in the sky. But are you perhaps feeling a little bit…well, crispy?!
Then perhaps you’re not properly hydrated! In summer, it’s even more important than usual to take in plenty of hydration. Water is, of course, the most important element within our bodies, making up around 60% of our composition. Every organ, tissue and cell depends on it. Water regulates our body temperature, transports nutrients around our bodies, removes waste, lubricates our joints and keeps our hearts, brains and muscles functioning.
We lose water every day, through sweating, exhaling and urinating. Many of us don’t fully replenish our body’s supplies; this is a particular problem in summer, when we tend to lose much more water than in colder seasons.
When we’re dehydrated, our bodies don’t work efficiently (and eventually, stop working altogether). Dehydration starts with simply being thirsty, then progresses to tiredness and dizziness, with headaches and confusion. Later, we suffer from cramps and, if the problem worsens, from a steady decline in overall bodily function.
Thirst is an obvious clue that you’re becoming dehydrated, as is unusually dark urine. But don’t wait until you see symptoms before you act: the key to good health is prevention. It’s important to keep well hydrated throughout the day, particularly in summer. Generally, it’s recommended that we all drink around 6-8 glasses of water a day (and more if we’re engaged in heavy exercise and sweating a lot of it out).
What about other liquids?
Many people (mostly over the age of 50) will tell you that there’s nothing more refreshing than a blisteringly hot cup of tea on a sultry summer’s day. They might well be right: studies show that tea and coffee (despite the latter’s diuretic nature) are perfectly good for hydration too, as are milk, fresh fruit juices and water infused with fresh fruit. It’s fine, too, to obtain some of our hydration needs from ‘watery’ foods, such as fruit. Be wary, however, of squashes and sugary drinks, where the sugar can inhibit hydration.
For some time, the big name in natural hydration has been coconut water: the water naturally found inside coconuts. This is low in calories, has no fat or cholesterol and is rich in potassium. It’s often taken by athletes as a natural kind of ‘energy drink’ and is thought to rest easier on the stomach than plain water after a hefty bout of exercise.
At Naturally Good Food we sell a range of coconut waters, including one in a handy 300ml bottle.
We’ve recently started stocking Bumblezest drinks, too. These are beautifully crafted ‘shots’, containing a mixture of potent ingredients. They’re designed to be diluted with water or used in a refreshing mocktail. Flavours such as Matcha Moringa and Apple Cider Vinegar Milk Thistle restore and revive after a long day in the sun.
You might also be interested in these other blogs, which give some more great summery hydration ideas:Bumblezest, coconut water, hydrated, hydration, natural hydration
This post was written by Yzanne