This newsletter is inspired after a day in the sun at the Roots Music Festival, where I watched this guy PASS OUT, after Will Smith’s surprise performance of his classic Summer Summer Summer Time video!  

So even if this guy was drinking too much alcohol in the sun, he should’ve stayed hydrated with that good H2O….right?  So let’s talk about the importance of staying hydrated in the heat here!

Well first, did you know that….

  • Water accounts for 70% of your body composition?  Therefore it is essential for growth and regeneration of every cell in our bodies.  Without proper hydration, your body won’t work properly.
  • Drinking water helps replenish the fluids lost by excessive sweating.
  • If you don’t get enough water, you become dehydrated and the combo of hot temps and dehydration can lead to serious heat-related illnesses (including headaches, poor concentration and fatigue).

 

Proper hydration supports the following major health benefits:

  • Prevents dry mouth, lips, and throat
  • Keeps the body cool
  • Improves muscle and joint function
  • Helps you lose weight
    • As your body is cleansed with water, your body sheds waste which leaves you looking and feeling lighter.
  • Cleanses toxins from your body
    • Shedding toxins gives you more energy, improves mental health and functioning, and gives you better skin and hair. Bonus! You will glow!


WELL DUH.  Mostly everyone knows this or heard about the benefits of proper hydration, but do we actually do it?  Here are some cool ways to spruce up your water habit this summer.

 

Using certain fruits, herbs, and flowers takes the benefits of hydration to a whole new level. Infused water benefits include:

  • Heightened metabolism
  • Enhanced digestive functioning
  • Improved immune system functioning (recuperate faster from illness and workouts
  • Additional energy boosts and mood enhancements

 

So how much should you drink? Half your body weight in ounces. You read that right.

 

It’s no secret that it’s difficult for many people to drink the necessary amount of water because it can be pretty boring at times. It isn’t as sexy as drinking a glass of wine and it doesn’t have the flavor a soda or sugary drink offers. And yes, while fizzy drinks are fun, it is so important that we limit the amount of sugars and artificial ingredients we put into our bodies. Thankfully, there are easy ways to make your water more interesting, flavorful, and packed full of health benefits. Still not a believer? Read on!

 

My favorite way to spice up my water intake is with fruit-infused water! Fruit-infused water is a great alternative to its soda counterparts while still being FUN. The main difference is, fruit-infused water is going to leave you feeling fresh and most importantly—HYDRATED! Almost every top massage and spa place I have been to serves fruit, herb, and flower-infused water.

 

Can’t wait to get started? Try this delicious and refreshing recipe! It’s one of my favorites!

Detox Watermelon Recipe

32 ounces of water
4 cubes fresh watermelon
6 leaves cilantro (cilantro helps with detoxification)

In a 1-liter pitcher, place the fruit and cilantro at the bottom and add water until full. Cover the top of the pitcher and let sit in the refrigerator for about 30 minutes to let the fruit seep into the water. The mixture should keep for two days.

 

The following are some other combination recommendations:

  • Orange, lemon, and ginger (improves immune system and blood circulation)
  • Cucumber, raspberry, and grape (beats inflammation and fights cancer)
  • Rhubarb, apple, and cinnamon (amplifies metabolism)
  • Strawberry and lime (boosts anti-aging)
  • Pineapple and mint (relieves joint pain and supports digestive system)

 

Need more support? Love what you see? Want to learn how to have more energy and how to take your health up a notch? I can help!