Beat The Heat and Quench Your Thirst With These Tips

by Megan K on June 18, 2012

What’s up fit and beautiful people of Minneapolis?

Temperatures in the Twin Cities are rising and only getting hotter.

And I don’t know about you, but I’ve been sweating a lot in the past few weeks.  The sticky combination of heat and humidity has left me feeling like a perspiration drenched gym rat- and I’m not talking about just when I’m at the gym. Our weather is sweat inducing regardless of what you are up to.  That being said,  if you are active throughout the day, then you may have noticed that it can be hard to stay properly hydrated.

Here are some tips to help you quench your thirst and maintain your body’s fluid levels:

  • Start your day with two big glasses of water first thing in the morning- before you do anything else. (This way you won’t forget :-) )
  • Avoid super salty or sugary foods- you’ll end up thirstier and you could end up retaining water.
  • Keep water on hand and sip it throughout the day.
  • Drink a glass of water a 1/2 hour before each meal or snack.
  • Limit caffeinated beverages because they act as diuretics and dehydrate.
  • Eat plenty of veggies and water filled fruits like cucumbers, celery, lettuces and watermelon.
  • Be clever and don’t drink all of your water at night because if you do you’ll be up all night going pee!

If  you are finding that water still isn’t enough to satisfy your thirst then you may need to rapidly replenish your fluid levels. To do this, beverages that contain electrolytes are your best assets.  Sports drinks are popular fluid replacement choices for athletes but if your focus is fat loss, stay away from sugar filled sports beverages because you don’t need the sugar or the extra calories. While you’re at it, consider skipping the artificially sweetened sports drinks too. Who really knows what those artificial sweeteners are doing to you?  For a healthy naturally occurring sports drink, opt instead for electrolyte abundant drinks like coconut water.  The water from a young coconut contains loads of potassium and minerals- elements that are excreted when you sweat.  A favorite of mine is the low sugar  O.N.E. coconut water. Not a fan of coconut water? Try making your own electrolyte solution.

 

In good health,

Megan K

 

 

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