During summer season do not give the reason to neglect your body’s hydration status. The human body is mostly made up of water. Approximately 50 to 70 percent of the body composition. Water is vital to a number of bodily processes therefore it is important to replenish water to prevent risk of dehydration regardless of the weather.
Although we may need more water intake during the hot summer months and when exercising because of increased perspiration. The common signs of dehydration are fatigue, irritability, headache, dark colored urine, decreased urine output, dry skin, sunken eyes, and thirst. If you experience thirst that means you are already overly dehydrated. It is important to drink water regularly throughout the day instead of gulping down several glasses at one time after hours and hours of no water intake.
Other beverages and liquids like soups can also help improve our hydration level although portion control must be observed especially if they contain ingredients that increase their caloric content. Make sure that the amount of calories consumed is within your total daily caloric intake. Otherwise, excess caloric intake will lead to weight gain.
Here are five beverages that will help quench your thirst this rainy season:
1. Flavoured water – Nothing beats drinking water; it’s nature’s clear and refreshing gift to our body. However, if you would still like to enjoy the refreshing taste of flavored water, you can easily make it at home. It is a zero calorie alternative for soft drink.
2. Tea – A cup of tea which can easily soothe and make one feel better. It can be enjoyed hot or chilled. Tea gives you that much needed energy boost when taken as a snack in the afternoon.
3. Orange juice – Brighten up your rainy morning with orange juice. Oranges contain Vitamin C that boosts the immune system and we all know that rainy season brings about all kinds of pesky microorganisms that cause cough, colds, and flu.
5. Low calorie juice drink – Juice drinks and juice cocktails are delicious but sugar and calorie laden and must be consumed in moderation especially if you are not physically active or diabetic. But don’t fret! Cranberry juice may help prevent the recurrence of UTI as well as boost your immune system this rainy season.
Remember to hydrate yourself with lots of water and some nutrient rich fluids throughout the day whatever the season is.
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