How to Combat Feeling “Wilted” in this Heat!

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Sweaty mess that I am!

Sweaty mess that I am!

It’s too darn hot these days!  Can I get an Amen?!

I have always been a big “sweater” and let me tell you, the combination of that and spending the majority of my childhood in the Bahamas wasn’t always a good combination.  I can remember on particularly hot days having low energy and feeling light headed.  Funny thing was I seemed to feel better after a swim in the ocean and accidentally taking in a few gulps of that glorious salt water (after some horseplay) and feeling more “plumped up” because of it.  And, come to think of it, that’s why I always loved drinking coconut water straight from the coconut!

Y’all know about coconut water by now, right?  Great source of potassium and other minerals.  It is the greatest “real food” sports drink ever!

Fresh coconut water!

Fresh coconut water!

So, fast forward to today and as evidenced by the most attractive picture at the top of this post you can see me after an exercise walk drinking my electrolytes to put back into my body what I just sweated out since there is no ocean near me and I don’t keep fresh coconut water on hand.

Electrolytes function as electricity for our bodies, our cells in particular, in helping them communicate with one another and so much more.  For the sake of this post I just want to stay focused on what you can eat and drink when you feel a bit wilted from the heat of summer.  So, if you want more in-depth info on electrolytes click hear to learn more….fascinating stuff!

When you feel depleted from sweating too much then it is most likely that your sodium and potassium levels are low.  So, on this particular day I used one teaspoon in a large glass of  room temperature water which I slowly sipped until it was finished.  I waited about 10 minutes to see if I felt the need for another teaspoon.  The product I used was Electrolyte Synergy by “designs for health” or, if I don’t have the “fancy/expensive” stuff on hand then I just use 1/4 teaspoon of sea salt in a big glass of room temperature water!

Staying hydrated all year round is extremely important but in the heat of summer you can become dehydrated in no time flat and then you’ll have all kinds of other problems.  So keep sipping on water throughout the day and after you’ve worked out or worked in the yard or done any activity outside where you’ve sweated then be intentional and drink a little salted water, coconut water or electrolyte powder water!

Pay attention to how you feel after consuming some electrolytes.  If you still feel a bit light headed, dizzy, weak, nauseous then keep slowly sipping your enriched water until you begin to feel more “normal.”

Do not guzzle water because drinking too much water too fast could cause your salt levels to drop & be imbalanced and/or flood your kidneys.  But, you would have to drink tons of water in one sitting to throw your mineral levels really off and this is hard to do!  Just an FYI.

Gazpacho!  Electrolytes in real food form!

Gazpacho! Electrolytes in real food form!

Real Food Electrolytes!

Another real food way to get electrolytes is in the form of fresh fruits and veggies.  I’m particularly in favor of eating lots of veggies and maybe a fruit or two a day!  Think about it…summer is hot and that’s when we have the most veggies that have the highest content of water.  That, my friends, is no accident!

Gazpacho is a wonderful way to get “plumped up” when you’re dragging from the heat. Here’s my recipe for Gazpacho that is guaranteed to “pump you up!”  Couldn’t resist.   Or my End of Summer Soup if you’re looking for something cooked!

So, tell me, what do you drink or eat or do when you’re feeling depleted from the intense summer heat?