Playing with the grandchildren, strolling through the flea markets, gardening… summer is synonymous with fun days. But increased activity and high temperatures can sap your body’s fluid levels — and older people are especially prone to dehydration.
According to Natural Medicine Library. Luckily, these four natural tricks can help reverse your slump.
Permission to laze a little longer in bed: researchers report in the journal Sleep found that sleeping 8 hours a night lowers your risk of dehydration (and accompanying drowsiness) by 59% compared to sleeping 6 hours or less. During eye closure, your body releases a moisture-regulating hormone called vasopressin. But when you don’t time enough Zzzs, vasopressin production is cut off, which can leave you feeling parched and sluggish.
Start smoothies with this
This time of year you can sweat just sitting on the porch. To restore lost fluids and eliminate laziness, swap in coconut water for plain water in your smoothies, non-alcoholic cocktails, and cocktails. It’s packed with minerals like potassium, magnesium, sodium, and calcium that can balance your fluid levels just as effectively as expensive (and often sugar-laden!) electrolyte drinks.
For a delicious sip of alcohol that will turn rehydration into a party, try this recipe:
Tropical Temptation Coconut Mojito Slushy (serves 4)
- 1 cup of sugar
- 1 cup fresh mint leaves
- 1 cup coconut water
- 1/2 (15 ounces) coconut cream
- 6 ounces coconut rum
- 1/2 teaspoon lime zest
- 3 tablespoons lime juice
- In a saucepan, heat the first three ingredients over medium heat; cook, stirring, until sugar dissolves, 2 to 3 minutes.
- Remove from fire; steep 30 mins. Discard the mint leaves.
- In blender, puree remaining ingredients with 8 cups ice and 1/4 cup mint syrup until smooth.
snack on watermelon
Savoring this juicy fruit can boost your hydration – plus, it’s packed with antioxidants and other nutrients. The watermelon is as hydrating as water (it’s actually 92% water!) and a bit tastier, which means it’s effective at blocking low-grade dehydration that your body may register as fatigue.
Pop a piece of chewing gum
If you’re like us and often fill a bottle of water and then forget to sip it, help is there. The simple act of chewing gum or popping a mint can inspire you to sip more water without hesitation, boost your physical and mental endurance. According SpoonUniversity.com, the scientific reason why you feel thirsty after consuming sugar is that when sugar enters your bloodstream, the particles draw water from your body cells, effectively depleting the stores. Your cells then send chemical messages to the brain that it’s time to drink fluids. Almost like a wake up call for hydration!
This article originally appeared in our print magazine, World Woman.