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Strategies to stay hydrated this summer

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As summer-like temperatures climb, and the beaches and parks Beckon, it’s important to stay hydrated. Proper hydration helps regulate the body’s temperature, supports brain function and mood and keeps our bodies and digestion moving.

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Experts recommend imbibing eight glasses of water per day to stay hydrated from sweat loss in the heat. While we can get our watery fill from fruits and vegetables, another way is to simply keep water at hand. From stylish kiddie cups to countertop appliances and deliciously nutritious drinks, I’ve rounded up ways to beat the heat and stay hydrated and healthy. Drink up!

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Purification rituals

We’ve all seen the ads showing a mountain of single-use plastic water bottles languishing in a landfill. Not only are the bottles bad for the environment, they’re none too shabby on the wallet, either. Turning to tap water just makes sense. And for that a new filtration hero is in town. Launched this June, the electric Brita Hub Instant Powerful Countertop Water Filtration ($190, Walmart.ca) has a filter that lasts about six months.

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The machine reduces over 70 contaminants including lead, chlorine and pesticides, and it’s easy to use. With a push of a button, the gadget dispenses 12 or 20 ounces of filtered water that fits most cups and bottles. Sleek and attractive, it’s one of those tidy little devices you’ll be using regularly throughout the summer.

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Minika Silicone Straw Glass, $18, Simons.ca
Minika Silicone Straw Glass, $18, Simons.ca

Small sips

Kids often get caught in the moment and forget to stop for a drink break. But they should every 30 to 60 minutes to ensure they’re properly hydrated and don’t run out of energy. Water-based foods such as 100 per cent juice Popsicles, pieces of watermelon, grapes or orange slices are perfect ways to do just that.

Stylish little sippers can opt for the Minika Silicone Straw Glass ($18, Simons.ca) for toddlers. It has an ergonomic design, it’s dishwasher safe and it can go in the freezer. Fill it with an ounce of juice and pop it into the freezer. Then top with water for a flavourful, sippy treat.

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Natrel Plus Vanilla, natrel.ca
Natrel Plus Vanilla, natrel.ca

Milk it!

Did you know milk is more hydrating than water? This is because it contains the sugar lactose protein and some fat, all of which helps to slow the emptying of fluid from the stomach and keeps hydration happening for a longer period of time.

This summer, I plan on ensuring that my summer snack breaks are part of my hydration program. I’ve recently discovered new Natrel Plus vanilla-flavoured milk for my ice lattes, smoothies and milkshakes. Every cup of Natrel Plus, which also comes in plain or chocolate flavours, contains 18 grams of natural protein (that’s 50 per cent more protein than regular milk) and it’s lactose free.

I’ve already started puréeing fresh fruit and freezing it, as well as espresso, into ice cube trays. Two or three frozen cubes in the blender with a cup of milk make the most delicious frozen shakes and are loaded with protein. It’s great for kids, too. Afternoon fruit and vanilla milkshakes are guaranteed to bring all the kids to the yard.

Do you have a decor dilemma or want more decor inspiration? Follow Karl on Instagram at @Karl_ Lohnes.

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