Cheers to summer!

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Posted by DPeart on 2012-06-28 11:59

Summertime is bring-on-the-thirst time! Staying hydrated is always important, and even more so in the hot summer months, or when you are active and losing moisture through sweat. You may find yourself wondering what to drink, and how much.

How much fluid you need varies from person to person, and depends on your gender, age and how active you are. In general, if you are thirsty or your mouth feels dry, you probably are not drinking enough. By the time you feel very thirsty, you may already be dehydrated. If you find it hard to drink a lot in one sitting, keep a bottle of water with you and sip it throughout the day. Another indicator of hydration is your urine; if it is pale or clear in colour you are probably drinking enough. If it is a deep yellow colour, you may not be getting enough fluids.

So the next question is: what to drink? To satisfy thirst and stay hydrated, water is the gold standard. Sip water throughout the day, and keep a jug of cold water in the fridge for a quick, calorie-free thirst quencher. Spruce up your water with lemon or lime wedges, cucumber slices, frozen berries, orange or apple chunks.

Milk or fortified milk alternatives are also a good choice. You can also make a smoothie by starting with milk or fortified soy beverage and adding fresh or frozen fruit and low-fat yogurt—blend together and enjoy!

If you choose juice make sure it is 100 per cent fruit juice and limit the portion. So, quench your thirst with water or milk most often, enjoy a smoothie for a nutritious snack and pay attention to thirst cues. Stay active, stay hydrated, and enjoy the summer!

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