Hydrate in the Heat with Healthy Summer Coolers

We cannot emphasize enough how important it is to stay hydrated most especially during the summer season. Regular intake of natural fresh fruits, vegetables, and most importantly a lot of water during the hottest months of the year will not only keep dehydration at bay, it would also help with weight loss. You can make hydration more fun and exciting by using a combination of healthy fruits and vegetables for smoothies, juices or flavouring your water this summer!

In a new study in the Annals of Family Medicine headed by Dr. Tammy Chang, assistant professor at the University of Michigan medical school, 9,500 adult participants enrolled in the National Health and Nutrition Examination survey (NHANES), where their hydration levels were measured by the concentrations of their urine samples. They found a link between dehydration and being overweight. Researchers found that people with higher Body Mass Indexes (BMIs) weren’t hydrated enough.

“There is so much focus on food and exercise, but so much more than just food and exercise goes into weight,” According to Dr. Chan. Many factors are at play with these results, such as overweight individuals requiring more water to reach optimal hydration levels compared to smaller-sized individuals. However, data from previous studies suggest that overweight people who drink water before meals tend to eat fewer calories, resulting in weight loss.

Hydration also greatly impacts muscular endurance, and muscular strength. Regular exercise is recommended for dieters’ total fitness plan. Those who are not hydrated enough will feel tired faster. Physical strength decreases when approximately 3% of one’s total body weight in dehydration occurs, which results in a strength loss of up to 5%. Lowered focus and concentration with dehydration, making it hard to keep motivated and mentally strong for achieving overall weight loss goals.

Stay away from caffeinated beverages and sugar-loaded drinks, as their diuretic effects could cause water excretion in the body. On the other hand, sugary beverages with empty calories make it harder for the body to absorb the water it needs.

Dr. Chang emphasized the importance of regularly eating fresh veggies and fruits packed with water. She says they are good not only because of their nutritional value, but for “improving your hydration as well.” Instead of the high-calorie, caffeinated drinks, opt to drink water, shakes and smoothies made with fresh fruits and veggies that are perfect for beating the intense heat!

Some fruits that are ideal to use for summer coolers include cucumbers, cantaloupes and strawberries.

The popular summer vegetable cucumber has a water content of over 96.7%, the highest among any solid food. Fresh cucumbers are perfect with light summer salads.

Cantaloupes have a water content of over 90.2% for a 6 oz. serving, with just 50 calories. It also fills 100% of your recommended daily intake of vitamin A.

Packed with carbohydrates and protein, fiber-rich strawberries have over 91% water content. They’re great for shakes or snacking with non-fat yogurt.

Stay hydrated this summer and enjoy your fresh summer coolers with Leaflife Stevia, the best tasting no-sugar, carb-free sweetener of choice for your guilt-free indulgences.