“Water is the driving force of all nature”. – Leonardo Da Vinci
As the Summer heat basks down upon us, it is even more important to stay hydrated than usual. Our bodies are made up of 75% water, so needless to say it’s essential to our well-being. Water helps you to control your body temperature, carries nutrients to your cells, gives you energy, increases your metabolism, flushes out toxins and so much more.
Soft drinks have absolutely no nutritional benefit to our diet. Some soft drinks contain up to 11 teaspoons of sugar per serving, not to mention artificial colours, flavours and phosphoric acid. These high doses of sugar can increase urinary excretion of calcium, which can cause problems with bone health and kidney stones.
Don’t think that diet soft drinks are a better alternative. The sweet taste may actually increase sugar cravings. Artificial sweeteners such as aspartame can have adverse effects, from allergy-like symptoms, joint pain, fatigue, headaches, diarrhoea, and the list goes on.
In fact, the region of Catalonia has just recently introduced a “soda tax”, in hopes of improving public health by reducing sugar consumption, according to the World Health Organisation (WHO) recommendations.
You may be thinking “So what can I drink instead of soda?”. Tada! Let me name a few alternatives.
Exotic Coconut water is the perfect thirst quencher. It is naturally sweet and refreshing, and is rich in electrolytes, antioxidants and B vitamins. Furthermore, it has a low-calorie and low-fat content. This makes it an ideal drink for the hot summer heat, and it’s a great sports drink too.
Tired of drinking water by itself? Flavour your water with slices of lemon and orange or with other fruits and berries, cucumber, and even mint. The colours and flavours not only taste refreshingly gratifying, but are enjoyable to the eye as well.
Lemon water is rich in vitamin C, magnesium, potassium and copper. It aids in digestion, due to the fact that the atomic structure of lemons, are similar to the stomachs digestive juices. It can also boost your mood, making those lovely summer days even better!
Another alternative is ice tea. There are many scrumptious herbal teas or green teas that can be used, one of my favourites is YogiTea Ginger Lemon. I prepare a few teas bags in a large jug, let it cool, then add slices of lemon, some honey and ice cubes.
A great way to start the day is with a smoothie or home made juice. They’re both easy to make, delightfully pleasant and changing around the ingredients keeps it exciting.
For those of us who enjoy a glass of wine in the evening, or those of us who have plenty of guests visiting from the cooler northern countries during the Summer months – meaning lazy evenings by the pool with BBQ’s and beers… remember to stay hydrated! A glass of water between alcoholic drinks is SO worth it the day after 🙂
Enjoy your Summer – and do what makes you happy. Remember that us living on the Costa del Sol, are blessed to be living in a paradise where people dream of going on holiday. So make the most of it!
Hannah – Anni’s Vital Shop, Carrefour, Mijas Costa