Summer is almost here – the kiddies are out of school this month, the sun is shining and as a bonus it’s actually hot outside. Staying well hydrated when it’s hot is definitely a must to prevent dehydration. Fluids help us stay healthy and energized by controlling our body temperature, aiding digestion, carrying nutrients around our bodies and cushioning our organs and joints. Here’s what you need to know to stay healthy and which fluids you should choose most often.
Nothing satisfies thirst better than a tall glass of cold water – plus it’s sugar free. Add a slice of lemon, lime, cucumber & mint, frozen berries or a teaspoon of jam to make it more refreshing. You can also turn water into a nutritional goldmine by adding chia seeds for extra fibre, protein & heart healthy omega 3s.
Enjoy a beautiful bowl of local produce. Cucumbers, lettuce, celery, radishes, tomatoes, green pepper and watermelon, to name just a few, are more than 90% water! So besides staying hydrated these fruits and vegetables provide lots of fibre, vitamins & minerals and antioxidants.
Still craving something carbonated? Grab some kombucha! Kombucha is a cold, fermented tea that can satisfy any pop drinkers carbonated craving. Besides being sugar and caffeine free, kombucha also provides us with gut healthy probiotics, digestive enzymes to aid digestion and B vitamins for energy. For kids under 12 stick to ½ cup/day.