During summer you need to work a little harder to stay hydrated. Between sixty and seventy percent of our body weight is made up of water, but we’re constantly losing water through bodily processes, such as breathing and perspiring.
As some of you will know, we’re fortunate at enhanceskin to benefit from the knowledge of our in house health & wellness enthusiast, receptionist – Taryn. So, we asked Taryn, to suggest some nutrition tips that will help you stay hydrated through summer.
Fruits and vegetables that have a high water content, also contain electrolytes; these are essential for re-hydration, especially post exercise.
- Watermelon – At 92% water, watermelon came in top of a 2009 study as the best food for re-hydrating your body. It contains a good balance of vitamins and minerals, including vitamin C, potassium, magnesium and lycopene.
- Cucumber – Cucumber contains a whopping 95% water, and also contains fibre and vitamin C, plus electrolytes, potassium, sodium and magnesium.
- Strawberries – Strawberries deliver the most vitamin C of all berries and also provide folate, a B vitamin that’s essential for the healthy growth of new cells. And, since they’re 91% water, they’ll contribute signicantly toward your overall fluid intake.
- Tomatoes – Tomatoes are 94% water, and are a great source of lycopene. Lycopene is a carotenoid and antioxidant that neutralizes the free radicals produced from too much sun, and minimizes any inflammatory response to UV damage by your body.
Bonus Recipe – Mango and Strawberry Nice-Cream – By Taryn
- 2 Large Frozen Bananas – (Peel and cut into chunks then freeze)
- 1/2 Cup Frozen Mango Chunks
- 1/2 Cup Frozen Strawberries
- Nut Milk of your choice or water to blend
- Goji berries, coconut shavings or fresh strawberries for toppings.
- Add the frozen bananas, frozen mango chunks and frozen strawberries into a high speed blender. Pulse a couple of times to get everything moving.
- You can choose to leave out the nut milk and use your blender’s tamper to push the frozen fruit into the blades, to yield a thicker and firmer nice cream (do this slowly). Eventually the mixture will become smooth like ice cream texture.
- If you’re hesitant to do this, out of fear of breaking/burning out the blender, add a little nut milk which will help the mixture blend down to the correct ice cream consistency. The choice is yours!
- Serve in a bowl and garnish with your choice of toppings.
For more wellness inspiration from Taryn visit her website HERE.