Water makes up about two-thirds of our body weight. It is essential for helping keep our body temperature right, especially important in the summer heat.
We lose water naturally through our breath, skin and urine. When we exercise more, or on very hot days we lose even more. It is important to replace lost fluids – scientists believe when we are hydrated we are able to concentrate more and remember things better. Also, if our bodies are low on fluid we risk getting headaches, feeling tired and becoming irritable. Too little fluid is also not good for bladder and bowel functions.
Try to drink about 2 litres (6-8 cups) every day to replace our losses.
Simple and refreshing summertime drinks
1. Spice up a glass of water…….
- Herbs and extracts – mint and vanilla are great way to make water interesting. Crush them a little then infuse with warm water and then pour over ice. Try adding flavourings to a bottle of water and chilling this in the fridge overnight to soak up the flavours. Enjoy with ice and a fresh sprig of mint.
- Lemon and lime – try squeezing these into the water and add a slice to the top for a zesty kick
- Cucumber – slice and add to a cold pitch of water – very refreshing…
1 part orange Juice
1 part diet bitter lemon
Half fill the glass container with orange and top up with bitter lemon. Garnish with slices of oranges and lemon.
Sugar free Lime cordial
300ml diet lemonade
Blend the strawberries, a dash of lime cordial and lemonade until frothy. Pour into a jug and pop in a few ice cubes. Decorate with strawberry slices and a mint leaf.
2 parts apple juice
1 part low calorie/diet ginger ale
Dash lemon juice
Dash of sugar free lime cordial
Half fill a cocktail glass with apple juice, add a dash of lemon and lime. Top up with ginger ale and chill.