The soaring temperatures are a sure indicator that
summer is in full swing!
Running for cover in your air-conditioned home will
surely cool you off, but it won’t protect you from dehydration.
The summer heat can easily strip us of much needed water
through excessive perspiration.
For overall health, drink plenty of fluid to replace any
that is lost from sweating.
Try these simple tips and recipes to quench your thirst
and stay cool as a cucumber all summer long!
Hello To H2O!
The easiest and best way to replenish any lost fluid is
to drink good old plain water!
Nothing will refresh and hydrate you more than a glass
If water sounds boring, try adding some fresh mint, a
splash of unsweetened juice, some citrus slices, or even a cucumber slice to
Remember to carry a canteen with you at all times and
take a few sips every half hour.
You might think that the AC is enough to cool you off,
but remember that it doesn’t supply you with fluid that you lost while waiting
for the bus!
Sip on some H2O and save yourself from the unpleasant
effects of dehydration, like dizziness and nausea.
Power Up With Electrolytes
When you sweat, you not only lose water but also
necessary electrolytes like potassium and sodium – especially when working out!
What’s so important about electrolytes?
Electrolytes maintain fluid homeostasis, muscle
coordination, and heart function.
But don’t be so quick to reach for that sugary beverage
that, while it may contain electrolytes, also supplies you with toxic
preservatives and additives like food colorings and high-fructose corn syrup.
A natural alternative you
might try is coconut water, which contains sodium and potassium.
Recipe: Yummy Citrus Electrolyte Replacement
Try this simple homemade recipe and sip it throughout
• one cup warm water
• two tablespoons honey
• 1/4 tsp salt
• Fresh juice of one orange
Combine all ingredients and add another liter of water
for a refreshing pick-me-up!
Can The Caffeine
Although an iced coffee drink may provide you with some
cooling effect, remember that caffeine is a diuretic.
This means that your body will lose water and you may
put yourself at an even greater risk for dehydration!
Frozen coffee beverages not only contain tons of sugar,
but that super size portion will leave your insides parched.
If you must indulge, choose the smallest size and forget
the whipped cream, caramel, and fudge sauces, unless you want to expand your
Make sure to drink at least
10 ounces of water for every caffeinated beverage you consume – and, yes, that
includes caffeinated tea as well.
Recipe: Chamomile Cooler
Try this easy iced herbal, caffeine-free tea recipe that
will keep you refreshed all summer long!
• Chamomile tea
• Fresh mint
• Fresh orange slices
• Stevia (optional)
Using tea bags or chamomile leaves, make hot tea and put
it in the refrigerator to cool. Once it's chilled, add mint, orange slices, and
a drizzle of honey or stevia for some added sweetness.
If you like, pour some of the mixture into an ice cube
tray and freeze it, then drop the cubes into the chilled tea and enjoy!
You Lose With Booze!
A surefire way to get dehydrated is to drink alcohol.
A cold beer might sound like the perfect thirst
quencher, but the added calories and beer belly may not be what you bargained
for this summer!
Like caffeine, alcohol is a diuretic that will
ultimately dehydrate you, so don’t be swayed by that strawberry colada or
Opt for a cold homemade
berry smoothie instead, like the one below.
Recipe: Sweet Thirst Quencher
• one cup mixed frozen berries
• half cup cold coconut water
• Small handful of fresh mint
Blend all the delicious ingredients and enjoy.
May you live long, live strong, and live happy!
Dr. Mao Shing Ni,
best known as Dr. Mao is a bestselling author, doctor of Oriental Medicine and
board certified anti-aging expert. He has recently appeared on “The Ricki Lake
Show,” “Dr. Oz,” and contributes to Yahoo Health and The Huffington Post.
Dr. Mao practices acupuncture, nutrition, and Chinese medicine with his
associates at the Tao of Wellness in Santa Monica, Newport Beach, and Pasadena.
Dr. Mao and his brother, Dr. Daoshing Ni, founded the Tao of Wellness more than
25 years ago in addition to founding Yo San University in Marina del Rey. To
make an appointment for evaluation and treatment please call 310.917.2200 or
you can email Dr. Mao at email@example.com. To subscribe to his
tip-filled newsletter please visit www.taoofwellness.com.
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