Hydrating foods and drinks
There is nothing quite like a South African Summer. On the Kwazulu-Natal South Coast, the humidity and heat offer a truly unique combination. Beat the heat by making use of hydrating foods and drinks.
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Dehydration can lead to health problems such as diarrhoea, vomiting, comas, seizures, headaches, shock and dizziness. According to celebrity nutritionist Kimberly Snyder of the National Association of Nutrition Professionals, eating and/or drinking hydrating foods and drinks throughout the day can help prevent dehydration.
Snyder recommends these top five most hydrating drinks and foods in order to stay hydrated during the hot summer season.
When it comes to hydrating foods, there is nothing more hydrating than watermelon. In 1882, botanist Alphonse de Candolle claimed that watermelons were indigenous to Southern Africa. However, Jiarong Liu and Fenny Danehave found evidence that watermelon plants were first cultivated in Egypt’s Nile Valley during the second millennium BC. Watermelons are known for their sweet and juicy interior flesh, which is mostly made up of water, hence their name. They also have the essential hydrating salts, sodium, potassium, magnesium, and calcium that the body needs in order to stay hydrated. Watermelon is the best hydrating food for hot summer days.
Coconut water is one of the healthiest and most hydrating drinks. For centuries, locals in Southeast Asian countries have been drinking coconut water to quench their thirst and prevent dehydration. Coconut water is great for replacing the water and electrolytes that the body releases during the summer. The water from the coconut fruit is rich in minerals, vitamins and electrolytes that help prevent dehydration.
Apples are also hydrating foods that are perfect for the summer season. They are easy to carry around in bags or pockets while outside on a hot summer day. Eating a juicy apple will not only prevent dehydration but also help prevent cancer and cardiovascular disease. Apples are also believed to aid in weight loss and in lowering cholesterol levels. Green apples are better than red apples because they are lower in sugar.
Water with lemon
Water is a cheap drink that is perfect for preventing dehydration during the summer. It can be made better by adding a slice of lemon. A slice of lemon will add citric enzymes and vitamin C to a plain glass of water. Drinking lemon water will not only keep a person hydrated but also allow him to get some citric enzymes and vitamin C. The Institute of Medicine recommends that one drinks at least 13 cups (3 litres) of water per day to keep his body healthy and hydrated.
Pineapples are juicy fruits that can be eaten or squeezed into juice. This hydrating fruit is also high in bromelain, which aids in digestion. Pineapples help the body detoxify itself and aid in weight loss.
So, join next to the pool for a glass of pineapple juice or slice of watermelon to keep hydrated and healthy during the hot days of summer to follow.
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