Stay healthy and hydrated this summer
When temperatures soar during the summer months, there's nothing like a cold drink on a hot day to stay hydrated. But with such a variety of beverages lining the refrigerators at your local convenience store, it's tough to choose.
"Drinking water is always a good idea. Another great option is an electrolyte-rich, low-sugar drink," says Charlotte Genetta, RD, CDE, a nutritionist with the Virtua Center for Nutrition and Diabetes.
She suggests the following healthy beverages to quench your thirst:
- Homemade iced tea that includes decaffeinated tea and lots of lemon, no sugar
- Blueberry juice and lemon seltzer
- Pineapple juice and orange seltzer
- Cherry juice and plain seltzer
- A combination of lime juice, apple juice and plain seltzer
- Greek yogurt and frozen cherries with crushed ice
"Drinking regularly helps your body stay cool and keeps you active and energetic while you're on the go," says Genetta. "Losing two to three percent of body weight due to perspiration puts you at serious risk for dehydration."
Those who have diabetes or are at risk for diabetes should always stay hydrated.
Charles DelGiorno, MD, endocrinologist at Virtua's Health and Wellness Center advises: "Drinking eight glasses of water a day quenches your thirst and keeps your hunger level down. Avoid drinks that are high in sugar and without nutritional value."
The Virtua Center for Nutrition and Diabetes is now open at Virtua's Health and Wellness Center in Washington Township. Make an appointment today. Call 1-888-VIRTUA-3.