When it is hot outside, staying hydrated is essential and requires a little mindfulness.
True, it might seem obvious (drink water or die?) and also true, we tend to be thirstier during the warmer months. Still, we can forget to drink enough water. Go figure.
Then again, even if we are paying attention to our water consumption we can become downright BORED with drinking so much water.
Here’s a healthy alternative. It is refreshing and tasty and has the added bonus of making good use of that extra mint growing (like mad) in your herb garden.
- -Take a handful of freshly picked mint leaves, any variety, and wash well.
- -Place the leaves in room temperature water, about 1 large liter-sized bottle, and allow to infuse for several hours or overnight (can also be stored in the fridge for longer).
- -Remove or strain mint leaves from water.
- -Add ice if desired and enjoy a refreshing, soothing summer beverage!
Feel free to experiment with the ratios of mint and water. Also, bruising or chopping the mint leaves first will make for a stronger minty flavor.
Another way to infuse your water with natural mint is to make a “sun tea.” Simply fill a bottle or jar with drinking water and fresh mint and place in a warm, sunny location. Your mint tea will be ready in about 20-40 minutes depending on the degree and intensity of the sunny spot.
Mint is so easy to grow and especially manageable if grown in a container. However, if you don’t want to make this yourself, the Metromint water sold in health food stores is an adequate substitute. It just seems a little excessive when it is so easy (and cheap!) to make your own. Another bonus: Mint has many health benefits!
Try it in Hot Yoga Class
Now, this is not for everyone, not all of the time. Sometimes it seems that anything but plain water is icky (for lack of a better adjective) when you’re intensely focused on your sweaty practice, but it is worth a try now and again. Mint is cooling in nature and is also quite soothing if you’re feeling nauseous. I like it, not all of the time, but sometimes it is simply AWESOME.
When Water Isn’t Enough
Maintaining proper hydration is important for overall health and well-being. If you happen to love Hot Yoga as much as I do, it is especially important. You lose trace minerals and overall balance when you sweat a lot and in Hot Yoga class, you sweat even MORE THAN A LOT! Here are some more ways to replenish and maintain proper hydration and mineral balance:
- -Electrolyte supplements such as Ultima Replenisher (my fav) and sports drinks such as Gatorade.
- -All-natural coconut water.
- -Or you can make your own all-natural electrolyte drink (info below).
I like this recipe from Aviva Jill Romm’s “Naturally Healthy Babies and Children”:
Electrolyte Replacement Drink
- -8 ounces water (preferably warm or room temperature)
- -1/4 teaspoon baking soda
- -A pinch of salt
- -2 tablespoons or more of honey, sugar, or maple syrup
I recommend at least 1 serving (the above 8 oz) on days you sweat a great deal.
Please share your tips below!
Lots of Love,