Hydrate that body!

July 6, 2010

It’s hot.
I’ve been sweating.
A lot.

Sweat is secreted from glands located just beneath the skin’s surface. In order to cool the body, pores release fluid to the surface of the skin. Sweat is made up of water, sodium chloride, urea and a fatty substance secreted from the sebaceous glands which are found next to the sweat glands.

Basically, in order to stay hydrated (in this heat wave, anyway), drinking fluids has become nearly a full-time job. You’ll want to replenish what you’ve lost by sweating. My favorite hydrant is Vita Coco’s coconut water with Peach & Mango. YUM!! If I can’t find Vita Coco, I’ll settle for G2 Gatorade…only 20 calories per serving. Very low-cal.

Another way to stay hydrated is by eating plenty of fresh juicy fruits such as apples, watermelon, kiwi, coconut, berries and oranges. Make a smoothie with several different fruits and sneak in some spinach to get your greens in. Speaking of, green salads made with vegetables such as kale, spinach and juicy butter lettuce are packed with fluids.

And please…avoid salty or sugary foods. Who needs soda and chips, anyway, when there are so many delicious & natural foods out there?

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