Four New Ways to Keep Your Body Hydrated this Summer

These past few weeks, the weather has been really good to us with summer-like temperatures and all I want to do is sit back, sip Pina Colada and chew on the piece of pineapple they use to adorn the glass. Though that may sound great, this summer, my goal is to stay hydrated and full of energy.
Imagine being out on one of the hottest summer days. You're sweaty, your clothes are sticky, and the kids just keep going and going. You're miserable and uncomfortable but it gets worse... you get on the train and the A/C isn't working!! What do you do? How do you plan on staying cool?
As you may already know, drinking water is one of the single most important things you can do this year to stay cool during the summer. I could sit here and list all the benefits of water, which would be a mile long but I won’t. Just know that we all need it. Here’s a tip that may help encourage you to drink more this season. Go out and get a really cute bottle for you and everyone else in your family, stick them in the fridge or freezer at night so you’ll wake up to super cool water that you can carry with you throughout the day.
I know there are some of us that just can’t drink the recommended 8 glasses of water a day, no matter how much you try. If you are one of those people, did you know you could get a lot of your water from the foods you eat? Yup, that’s right, there are plenty of fruits and veggies that have a high content of water in them.
Have you ever had an enormous piece of watermelon then wonder why you’re running to the bathroom soon after? That’s because watermelon contains about 90% water per volume, but let’s not forget about the crazy amount of nutrients it has.  Watermelon is also believed to cool you down by allowing your body to sweat (just don’t forget to put on some deodorant). Not to mention, children love it so very much and don’t be afraid to mix it up with honeydew and cantaloupe melons, they are just as good!
In addition, fresh cucumbers aren’t just good for your eyes ladies, they also have such a high water content it’s ridiculous! Add them to your salads, eat them as a snack, eat them however you like.
Coconut water is also a great hydrator. I may live in NYC but there’s no reason to not drink refreshingly cool coconut water imagining I’m lying on a hammock somewhere in the Caribbean.  It’s awesome for rehydrating under the sun but more importantly, it just tastes good.  The next time you go grocery shopping pick up a few bottles. My personal favorite is Vita Coco, which you can order right here, but honestly as long as coconut water is the only ingredient, you’re good! Just remember we live in NYC, and there’s nothing better than finding a small street vendor that’s selling fresh coconuts right on the corner!
Lastly but surely not least is tea.  We can go on and on about tea and I will in a later post but the benefits are simply too good to pass up.  Black tea is filled with antioxidants and makes for some great iced tea to help keep you cool on those hot summer days. Don’t get too crazy with the sugar but you can get creative and use different types of teas. Try Tazo Passion Iced Tea, it’s soooo good! Please remember to tell me what you try and if there’s any other foods you eat or drink to stay hydrated this summer.