Looking for a healthy and refreshing way to beat the heat? Water – whether plain or sparkling – is the best way to stay hydrated all summer long. But while drinking more water is an obvious and simple way to increase hydration, it's often overlooked as the number one nutrient your body needs to stay healthy. Water helps to keep every cell and organ in the body functioning properly. Water is also naturally detoxifying and delicious, without all the calories and added sugar from other summertime favorites like lemonade or punch.
Overall, the key to healthy hydration in the summertime starts with rethinking what you drink. Sarah Ladden, M.S., R.D., nutrition, health and wellness director at Nestlé Waters North America, recommends the following tips for staying hydrated throughout the hot summer months:
Pack for the heat. The summer heat can mean an increase in water loss, which can put you at a higher risk for dehydration especially if you’re outside for long periods of time. Make sure to pack water for all your summer outings and hydrate before, during and after all outdoor activities.
Add your own flavor. While bottled, filtered or tap water are all good choices for healthy hydration, some people simply prefer flavored beverages. The good news: it’s easy to customize water just the way you like it. Wow your friends with a DIY sparkling water bar. Set out your favorite sparkling waters – include flavored waters for added fun – alongside an assortment of seasonal berries, sliced fruit and fresh herbs, and let guests create their personalized refreshments.
3 More Reasons to Drink Water...
· Water helps reduce the risk of heart attacks and strokes.
· Water prevents clogging of arteries in the heart and brain.
· Water helps reduce stress, anxiety and depression.
Make water fun. Jazz up a glass of your favorite water with a simple addition – decorative ice. Before filling your ice tray, add a few berries or cubed melon, fresh herbs like mint or rosemary then top with water and freeze. Add a few cubes to a refreshing glass of water and enjoy just a hint of subtle flavor.
Keep water close. It’s important to keep your body well hydrated throughout the day, but it’s easy to get busy and simply forget to drink. Keep water in convenient locations throughout your home, office or even in the car for a visual reminder to keep sipping. Stocking water at the front of your fridge is another good habit so it’s the first choice kids or other family members see.
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