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– The humble spice, jeera (cumin seeds) hydrates, has detox benefits, reduces body heat, cures itchiness and works wonders for those troubled with acne and pimples.

Soak one tsp of jeera overnight along with a tsp of mishri (rock sugar). In the morning first thing, strain the mixture and drink the water. Alternatively, you can put jeera powder to your buttermilk or curd.

Lemongrass is a great herb for the summers. It treats indigestion, keeps you hydrated, improves gut function and cools the body. You can make lemongrass tea by seeping the grass in water. Also, you can use lemongrass by soaking a mesh bag with a handful of leaves in your bathing water.

– Avoid having alcohol. Alcohol is dehydrating in nature and can add up to the dehydration the heat brings along. If you must, then ensure you drink plenty of water along with your drinks. One glass of water for every glass of drink is a good way to start.

– Avoid refrigerated water as it hampers digestion. Ayurveda also has always advised against the consumption of chilled water. Instead, drink ‘matka (earthen pot)’ water. It is naturally cool and has the unique property to reduce the temperature of water in accordance with the climate

– Avoid processed foods like chips, cookies & packaged sugary drinks and beverages. They are actually dehydrating and can reduce the amount of fluid that your body actually retains. Instead, have fluids like coconut water, homemade sherbets, buttermilk, curd etc.

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Did you know that Sports Drinks are high in simple sugars and drinking them mindlessly will result in body fat?

SPORTS DRINKS

Sports drinks are beverages containing sugar and salt with a purpose to help athletes replace water, electrolytes and energy before and after training or competition. They act as important hydration supplements because when you sweat during an active training or competition, you not only lose water but also lose electrolytes and salt like sodium, potassium and chloride. Gatorade and Powerade are popular examples of sports drinks. Consuming these drinks will help you sustain physical activity for a longer time and also enhance performance.

However, what we also need to know is that most of us are people looking out for general fitness and are not sportsmen or athletes. Since the duration and intensity of our workout ranges from low to moderate, and since we are working out in air conditioned environments most of the times, our hydration supplementation requirements are modest. Most of the exercise physiologists from around the world have maintained that unless you are exercising or competing for longer than 90 minutes, there is no need or requirement of any sports drinks. In fact, consuming these drinks will then prove to be counter productive since the excess sugar will get converted to fat in the body. What is then best suited is just water. Just have sips of water during your workout and also after the workout.

ENERGY DRINKS

The second category of hydration supplements are the energy drinks. These drinks contain caffeine that are believed to stimulate you and also usually contain high amounts of sugars. Red Bull is one of the most popular examples in this category. These drinks are consumed for a burst of energy as well as commonly used with alcohol as mixers. Since alcohol and caffeine that is present in energy drinks both are diuretics, its combined consumption will increase the risk of dehydration along with many other health risks. Excessive consumption of energy drinks not only gives excess sugar to the body but has also shown to be associated with cardiac risks.

So the next time you want to reach out for a sports drink or an energy drink, make a sound decision whether or not you should be having it in the first place.

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