Cultivating seasonal awareness and understanding how it responds in your body is a great way to thrive all year long. If you are in the northern hemisphere its summer which means cherries, melons, peaches, cucumber and many other fresh fruits are great ways to stay cool and hydrated in the warm sun.
Its easy to become dehydrated very quickly especially when sunshine is combined with hard to digest foods. Its not difficult to drink water although many of us are chronically dehydrated due not meeting the amount of what we really need. This combined with food containing little to no water content leaves us even more thirsty. Thirst comes in many cravings and sensations and with a disconnection from our bodies its challenging to translate whether the hunger we feel is really that or our cells craving water.
From the many potential reasons for dehydration I like these simple ways to stay hydrated feeling light and energized.
Eat a majority of whole foods. Raw or lightly cooked vegetables and think of adding cooling herbs such as mint, dill and fennel.
If you will be out in the sun for long periods of time, drink more water than you think you may need. To keep it interesting think of adding a few slices of fresh fruit to your water bottle.
Rather than reaching for the tortilla chips or other dehydrated snacks, allow yourself to indulge in the fresh seasonal fruits and vegetables. Don’t forget to take the time to relax in the shade and just be!