Summer is here in the Northern Hemisphere! Everyone scampers outside for their favorite activities, ready for sun and fun. As a general rule, we’re much more active at this time of year due to longer days and hospitable weather.
In your emphatic enjoyment of the season, don’t forget to keep yourself hydrated–it’s sometimes surprisingly easy to do. Dehydration can sneak up on you and make you feel woozy or sick; chronic dehydration is very dangerous.
There are several things you can do to ensure you stay hydrated. Most of them require only that you pay attention. Drinking water and supplementing with a natural sports drink after exercising are a no-brainer.
Additionally, you should keep an eye on your salt and potassium levels–these are readily depleted through sweat. Dilute juices with water so you moderate carbohydrates but still get the hydrating effect and be mindful of how often you urinate. If urine is dark yellow, it’s a sign you’re not getting enough fluid.
Water is crucial to hydration but lacks zip. Here are some delicious and satisfying ways to keep your water levels up.
Always cool, cucumber has a high water content and silica, a hydrating mineral. The skin of the cucumber contains a good amount of vitamin C which you always need. You can eat them just as they are, mix them in smoothies, in a cold soup or salad, or add to a glass of water for a delicate flavor.