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Why Hydration is Important

Elements Massage Central Scottsdale Jun 26, 2014

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Drinking water during the summer is of utmost importance to maintain your health, especially in the heat of Arizona.  But, let’s face it; water is boring, so drinking it constantly feels like a chore instead of something enjoyable.  Here are some tips and tricks from fitness magazine Shape for making it a little more fun to stay hydrated.

If you’re still sold on the idea of actually drinking water, an easy way to make it more flavorful is to add a twist of lemon or lime – or both! The fresh citrus juice won’t dehydrate you and adds a little pop to the otherwise tasteless (but life-giving) beverage.  Another trick, but one that’s a little more time consuming, is to infuse water with fresh fruits.  Add berries or citrus pieces to a pitcher of water and let it sit overnight, and the next morning you’ll have a flavorful, rehydrating drink waiting!  Another fun change-up is to make ice cubes out of no sugar added juice and use them to cool off your glasses of sparkling or still water during the day!

If you’re looking for something more than just adding to a glass of water, try making chilled tea instead.  Green and white teas are low in caffeine, so it won’t dehydrate you! It also has lots of antioxidants that can give you a healthy boost in the afternoon, making it easier to bypass that cup of coffee that will sap your body of important water.  Of course, herbal teas are great too – caffeine free and flavorful with a huge variety to choose from!  Try rooibos tea for its antioxidants and refreshing flavor on a hot afternoon.

You don’t need to drink glass after glass of plain water to stay hydrated – add fruits and juices or even teas to keep your tongue happy and your body functioning! Take care of yourself this summer, and if you ever feel like you’re not keeping up book an appointment with Elements Massage Central Scottsdale to help reduce stress and heal your muscles. 480-941-3077.

 

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