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Keep hydrated

Published:Monday | July 10, 2017 | 12:00 AM

The summer is getting hotter by the minute, and while we will be enjoying our days at the beach and cooler parties, the truth is, it's not enough, and we have to ensure that while we are enjoying the food, fun and overall summer vibes, ensure you are hydrated.

When we think of the heat we are prone to think about feeling dehydrated, which in itself is a problem, but it is not the only problem. You also have to consider your skin and you do not have to be in the sun to worry about the heat because a tan sometimes is the least of our worries.

"Water is necessary for every metabolic process in our body. If we don't drink enough water we will not have enough energy, our thoughts will not be as clear as they could be, our bowels will not move well, our skin will be dull and prone to breakouts, we may experience muscle cramping or headaches. Overall, we will not function optimally," health coach Natalie Murray told Flair.

 

WATER REPLACEMENTS

 

While we would like to moisturise and it is important that you start from the inside because no matter how you layer on the best or most organic moisturisers, your skin might not respond if you are not supplementing it with the liquid it needs.

Now, when we are thinking of getting hydrated, non-water drinkers tend to believe that juices and juicing is a great replacement, but that might not be the case. Murray notes that juice lacks fibre, and with that being the case, we intake a lot of sugar, which spikes our blood sugar, and more often than not leads to a crash. Juicing can be counterproductive as the sugar may lead to more thirst instead of quenching it.

While this is the case, eating some fruits after will actually help to keep you hydrated.

"Eating fresh vegetables with a high water content, such as cucumbers and cauliflower, and fruits like watermelon will help," Murray told Flair.

We need to also avoid some of our favourite salty snacks as they do nothing to help during this heat than to further absorb the moisture in our bodies. Cut down on the beers, soda and caffeine as they also help to generate heat.

Of course, as it pertains to skincare, you reinforce with a moisturiser to get that glow.

Natalie Murray

Spinning instructor

Tabata Bootcamp instructor

In-Trinity instructor

Health coach

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