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Make Water Your Summer Sidekick

July 8, 2014 by HealthyFamilies BC

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Whatever your preferred summer activity – playing a game of catch at the park, swimming at your favourite beach, or strolling along the waterway – it’s important to stay hydrated. If you’re thirsty it means you are already dehydrated. Being dehydrated on a daily basis can significantly increase the stress on your cardiovascular and respiratory systems. Avoid dehydration this summer by:

  1. Drinking water
    Your best choice for staying hydrated is always water. Know the signs of dehydration, and make sure an ample supply of water is packed on every outdoor adventure you embark on.
  2. Skipping the sugar
    While the colours of vitamin waters are alluring (and scream SUMMERTIME), there is sugar added to these drinks. That means extra calories your body doesn’t need – read more. Another popular drink is coconut water. Coconut water contains natural sugar, which can add up if you’re drinking it regularly. Know the facts.
  3. Being smoothie smart
    A cold smoothie on a hot day is tempting, but not all smoothies are healthy. They can range from about 130 to over 500 calories depending on the ingredients and the serving size. Ask about the ingredients of your smoothie before you buy one, or make your own using fresh, local fruit. More tips.
  4. Enjoying in moderation
    With summer comes the increase in invitations to enjoy a “cold one” with friends in the sunshine. Keep the risks of drinking alcohol to your health low with this helpful advice.

Use this guide to see how much sugar is in drinks before choosing something to quench your thirst. Remember, water is your best choice. Wherever you go and whatever you do this summer, rely on water as your trusty hydration sidekick to keep you feeling good!


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