Summer’s here and the 100+ degree days have kicked in here in Northern California so here’s your reminder to stay hydrated! In the sunshine of summer, there’s nothing like an icy glass of water to quench your thirst. When it’s hot, you sweat and need to replenish your hydration. Makes sense, right?
The human body is 70% water. Since you are made of water, your hydration levels can have a big impact on how you feel. If you are feeling sluggish and lackluster, you may need to drink water to help energize your brain and feel more focused and present.
Drinking water can help promote weight loss in a number of ways. Prior to eating, drink a glass of water. That may suppress your appetite and help with portion control. Sometimes our brains can mistake thirst for hunger. If you’re not sure you are hungry, try drinking a glass of water. That may hold you over until your next meal and cut down your snacking.
Water is also the first line of defense when you feel a headache coming on. You may be a bit dehydrated.
There are other sources of hydration besides water. You can get water in vegetables and fruits, and herbal teas. Another tip for hydration — skip the caffeine and alcohol. They act as a diuretic and can actually contribute to dehydration.
Fruit and Herb Infused Waters
I have clients that struggle to get their daily water intake and one of the things I suggest for them is to infuse water with some tasty herbs and fruit. There’s certainly no shortage of ideas out on Pinterest, but I thought I would share a few of my favorites, especially since delicious fruits are in season right now! Pro-tip: Freeze your fruit for extra refreshment on demand.
- Basil and strawberries
- Meyer lemon, cucumber and mint
- Blueberries and basil
- Citrus (lemon, orange, lime and grapefruit)
- Lemon and ginger
- Peach and mint
- Watermelon and mint
- Lime, ginger and mint
Do you have a favorite? Let me know!