Staying hydrated is one of the key ways to stay focused, bump up your mood and energy, prevent headaches and stay healthy overall. With the summers picking up speed, it’s even more essential to drink plenty of fluids to avoid dehydration.
Here are some of my favorite ways to stay hydrated all through the year:
Simmer up those soups. I love tucking into soups, whether it’s winter or summer. Make some at home with fresh vegetables and lentils, or even chicken or meat, and sip these for snacks or meals.
Keep a jug of water handy. If you have a glass, bottle or jug of water within your reach as you work, then you can sip some through the day. Whether you travel to work or have an office at home, make sure that you carry your own water and/place a bottle on your work table.
Brew some herbal tea. Heat a cup or two of water and then turn off your stove once it comes to a boil. Dunk the herbs of your choice (tulsi or Holy Basil, turmeric, cinnamon, mint, cardamom and ginger boost the immune system in summers) and let it steep for 10 minutes. Now strain the herbs and enjoy your cuppa.
Chew on those chia seeds. These powerhouse superfoods are chockfull of omega 3 fatty acids, vitamins and minerals and protein. Known to soak up the liquid that you stir it up with, adding chia seeds to your morning oatmeal, baked goods and juices can help you bring in water into your system.
Load up on water-rich veggies and fruits. Adding some of these to your meals and snacks will help you bring in more water into your body. Create some of your snacks, soups and meals with cucumbers, tomatoes, lettuce, spinach, zucchini and blueberries.
Infuse your water with herbs or citrus. If you’re looking to add flavors to your water or simply to add a twist to regular water, then infuse a jug full of water with mint, lemon slices or cucumber.
Drink some coconut water. This one’s one of my favorite ways to stay hydrated and also get those healthy electrolytes. What makes coconut water ultra-healthy is that is has isotonic properties i.e. the proportion of electrolytes in coconut water is the same in human cells and plasma. So ditch that bottle of aerated soft drink and swap it for a daab (tender coconut).
How do you get your daily quota of 8-10 glasses of water every day in summers?