Kate McMurray Nutrition

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Chill Out!

It’s summer already! As much as I love the sunshine I am not impressed with this onslaught of heat and humidity. Anyone else melting? Feeling fatigued and constantly craving ice cold drinks? Staying hydrated without overwhelming your body with sugar, artificial colouring, preservatives and all the other junk that comes so nicely packaged in cans and pretty bottles this time of year can be difficult. But remember, sugar and caffeine dehydrate your body! Good old H2O is crucial for your system. It keeps your energy up, your brain happy, your body moving and groovin’ but it can sure get boring after a while! Do your best to have at least 2 L of room temperature water everyday (more if you’re having caffeinated beverages, sweating etc.).

Here’s a few ideas to keep you cool and calm this summer.

  • Add a few cucumber, lemon, lime, or orange slices to your water
  • Use frozen berries or mango instead of ice cubes
  • Brew a pot of peppermint tea and cool it off in the fridge for refreshing ice tea without the caffeine (fruity rooibos is nice too)
  • Use club soda or mineral water if you want bubbles!
  • If you really need a touch of sweet use maple syrup, honey or coconut sugar – ditch the white refined stuff!
  • Use fresh mint to make Lemon Mint Refresher (check back on Friday for the recipe!)

Note: room temperature water is best as it absorbs readily into your cells. Ice cold water has to be warmed up in your stomach first. Try to have the majority of your water at room temp and enjoy your iced beverages slowly as a treat and away from meals so as not to compromise your digestion.

Cheers to your health and happiness!

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This entry was posted on May 30, 2012 by in Nutritional info, Savoury Recipes, Sweet Recipes and tagged .
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