Summer’s not over yet!! We’re just smack dab in the middle of August. Here in the CA Bay Area, we can count on at least another 6 weeks of warm weather. (At least, I’m crossing my fingers and hoping for it!) Over the last couple of weeks, we’ve had some heat waves and several people I know have experienced some pretty scary symptoms. Feeling dizzy and disoriented may be an indication that you haven’t been properly hydrating or are on the verge of a heat stroke.
I’ll never forget when I was a teenager and partying in the Greek Islands. The night’s drinking and the dancing, followed by a three hour morning scooter ride in the blazing sun with no hat on left me feeling completely woozy and like I was about to pass out. My best friend had to force me to drink and to dunk myself in water and to cool off….not fun! So here are some tips I’d like to share with you so you can enjoy your summer, but take care of yourself at the same time.
Buffer your booze with lots of water:
Ahhh, a cold beer while you’re in a hamock! I can practically see the Corona commercial now. If you choose to drink, remember that alcohol is a diuretic. While it feels refreshing, you need to drink twice as much water as you do alcohol to stay hydrated.
Watch that watermelon:
Summer BBQ’s wouldn’t be complete without cool watermelon slices, right? Yet what feels absolutely refreshing is yet again, another diuretic. Yes, it’s true that watermelon does contain plenty of water, but mostly you’ll end up just peeing it right out. So enjoy, but in moderation.
Salt & Tequilla:
Someone in the hot Mexico sun put two and two together and realized that in order not to lose too many fluids from the alcohol, a little salt might be in order! Add the juice of a lime and you’ve got plenty of electrolytes! Am I telling you to drink tequilla? No! This has been my round about way to let you know that salt is super important. Use a high quality salt like Real Salt or Pink Himalayan Crystal Salt. 1/4 to 1/2 tsp daily is a great start. You can drink all the water in the world, but without the proper electrolytes, your cells will stay dehydrated.
Enjoy Coconut Water:
If you can get your boyfriend to climb a tree for you, shuck and bust a fresh young coconut for you, you’ve got it made! Otherwise, you can find young coconuts now in Asian supermarkets and even at Whole Foods where they’ll stick a straw in it for you. Coconut water also comes in pre-packaged boxes and cans now. Just make sure that you get the kind without added sugar. Coconut water has a natural balance of potassium, sodium, calcium and magnesium. It’s actually been used intravenously to stabilize electrolytes. Oh, and it tastes divine!
Enjoy the rest of the summer!
Yours in Health,
Sylvie Nalezny, MA, CNE