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Ask Mr. Pedometer and Friends…

 

July 31 2019

Q: Mr. Pedometer, what are some good ways to stay hydrated in the hot summer weather other than drinking water?

A: Drinking plain water does get old – but there are ways you can still focus on staying hydrated. Last month’s Consumer Reports on Health (cr.org/health) offered the following tips:

  • MAKE WATER TASTIER Ways to stay hydrated in the hot weather with fruit infused water“Fill a pitcher or large water bottle with water each morning and aim to finish it off by bedtime will help you stay hydrated. If plain water is unappealing,“Add a splash of 100 percent fruit juice to a glassful” “Or chop up strawberries, melon, cucumber and orange, mint or other flavorful items and mix into a pitcher of water.

  • CHOOSE FRUITS AND VEGGIES – “Watermelon is a great choice during the summer months, but so are strawberries, lettuce, celery, spinach, tomatoes, and cooked squash – because they all contain 90 percent water or more.”

  • WHIP UP A SMOOTHIE – “In some cases, a smoothie you buy at a smoothie shop may have some of the same disadvantages as sports drinks and sodas: too much sugar. But if you make a smoothie at home, you can skip the sugar and pack your drink with other healthy ingredients, such a leafy greens, grains, or protein sources like silken tofu. For one of our favorite frappes, first blend ¼ cup oats until powdery. Add 1 1/2 cups frozen mixed berries, ½ cup nonfat plain Greek yogurt, ¼ cup orange juice, and 1 teaspoon orange zest. Blend until smooth.”

I hope that some or all of these ideas will help you stay hydrated, despite not liking to drink plain old water.

EAT RIGHT, MOVE MORE, AND SLEEP WELL TO BE WELL.