STAYING HYDRATED OVER SUMMER

It’s only spring and the temperature is already rising. Summer is going to be a scorcher. Before the mercury really rises, Alli Grant takes a look at how we can protect our bodies over summer.

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Yes, it’s already a hot one, which means that it’s time to increase your water intake (advice I need to heed) to ensure your body and skin doesn’t suffer through the long, sweaty days ahead.

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Summertime means trips to the beach or pool, outdoor concerts, BBQs, picnics and parties. While having fun outside, it’s important that we all say hydrated.

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Yes, that seems obvious, but not all of us (me included) focus on increasing our fluids in summer.

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When you’re dehydrated, your body doesn’t have enough fluid and electrolytes to function properly. What are electrolytes? They’re the minerals in your body – think sodium, potassium and calcium – and they’re needed to keep you healthy, and your organs functioning. If, like me, you’re not a big fan of the old H2O, the good news is that there are all kinds of ways to keep that body (aka temple) of yours hydrated and healthy over the next few months.

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1. Eat more water rich vegetables and fruits. Summer is the perfect time to indulge in watermelon, rock melon, berries, oranges, pineapple …and the list goes on. Eating celery, lettuce cucumbers and tomatoes can also increase your fluid intake.

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2. Try a homemade iced tea! Tea has about half the caffeine as coffee, and there are many herbal and fruit teas on the market.

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3. Choose coconut water over fruit juice. Coconut water generally has fewer calories and added sugars than fruit juice. It’s also a good source of potassium.

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4. And, of course, focus on the amount of water you’re consuming. Keep a water bottle on your desk at work and keep on drinking.

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It’s not just your internal organs that can suffer during summer. From scorching heat to too much sun exposure, your skin goes through a lot during the warmer months, which is why it is essential to continue to hydrate the skin.

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Dryness, heat rashes, and acne can be common problems, but there are many things you can do to protect your skin, including:

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• Moisturise. As simple as it sounds, you need to replace the extra moisture your skin loses during summer.

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• Cleanse and exfoliate. All that sweat can clog up your pores!

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