4 Ways to Quench the Summer thirst

Staying hydrated is very important (so important that it is one of the 6 Pillars of Nutrition – see below) but if you aren't drinking water then it is easy to mistakenly get some added calories quickly. Here are 4 good options (the first is my personal favorite – lemon not lime please)

  • Plain old water. If you just don't like water, add a squeeze of lemon or lime juice, or a tablespoon of True Lemon powder.
  • Beverages containing artificial sweeteners–but drink them in moderation and then only if they don't bother you, and if they contain no more than 10 calories per serving.
  • If you're craving a refreshingly icy drink but don't want to ingest a sugar blast like my "Koffee Cooler," try putting your favorite low-calorie drink in the freezer. After you've taken it out of the freezer and scraped it with a fork to simulate an Italian ice dessert, pour it into a margarita glass to make it festive and throw in a sprig of mint.
  • Sports drinks may be indicated if you're running marathons, out in the hot weather for long periods, or if you're sweating profusely. But many people may not need them, and may be just fine with plain old water instead. [Quench Your Thirst]

If you need a refresher here are the 6 Pillars…

The 6 Pillars of Nutrition – The 6 Pillars of Nutrition drive our day to day eating. If you want to lose weight, get healthy, ward off heart disease, or muscle up your body so you don’t feel embarrassed to take off your shirt at the beach then the 6 Pillars need to be your mantra.

i. Eat five to six times a day.
ii. Limit your consumption of sugars and processed foods.
iii. Eat fruits and vegetables throughout the day.
iv. Drink more water and cut out calorie-containing beverages (beer, soda, etc.).
v. Focus on consuming lean proteins throughout the day.
vi. Save starch containing foods until after a workout or for breakfast.

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About michaelroussell

Dr. Mike is a nutrition consultant and author with a diverse nutritional background serving as a consultant to professional athletes, executives as well as pharmaceutical and food companies. Dr. Mike is most well-known for his blend of nutritional science and psychology which helps clients make long lasting and power changes to their body and health. Dr. Mike holds a bachelor’s degree in biochemistry and a doctorate in nutrition. He is the author of the 6 Pillars of Nutrition.
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