Summer is in full swing and that has the temperatures rising daily. If you live in areas like Phoenix or Vegas metro areas you know the furnace is just warming up. The next couple months will be brutally HOT!
With that in mind it’s important to stay hydrated. The heat will drain the moisture right out of your body, putting you at risk for heatstroke if you don’t stay on top of your fluids.
While all liquids count in fluid consumption, they’re not all created equal. Make sure to avoid sugary beverages, as they can actually worsen heat-related issues, not to mention, ruin your complexion. Leave drinks whose colors come from artificial food dyes alone, as well.
Get the most flavor and benefits out of your frosty drinks by making a variety of iced teas that are not only delicious, but have amazing health benefits. The key when making these teas is to make them double strength, as they will dilute when poured over ice.
When iced, mint tea can have an instant cooling effect on the body. In addition to imparting a delicious flavor and refreshing sensation, mint can help reduce allergies, nausea and cold symptoms.
Mint tea is easy to find at nearly any grocer, but it can also be made from fresh mint sprigs, as well. When using fresh sprigs, note that they will turn brown or black after a bit in the hot water.
You’ll see the words "lemon grass" appear on the labels of many teas and other health products. It’s known for helping with digestive issues, blood pressure, achy joints, fever, and even the common cold. It’s also a great antibacterial.
Spending a lot of time cooped up indoors to avoid the summer heat actually contributes to getting viral and bacterial infections. Added to that, the air conditioning is blowing everyone’s germs around at work and home. You’ll see it’s not so weird that people catch colds in the summer.