Summer is in full gear and those heatwaves keep coming! To combat the heat and stay in great shape here are my top 10 anti-heatwave tips.
♡ Hydrate with alkaline water: water + lemon + fresh mint! Sobacha is also a great choice – don’t chill it, but add a couple of ice-cubes to your buckwheat infusion so that you can enjoy a more summery version of this supergrain tea.
♡ Get out and moving during the cooler hours of the day: an early morning walk on an empty stomach, a swim at the end of the day – the heat is not an excuse to stay on the couch! We adapt to the weather as all of nature does – just think about how camels retain water in order to stay hydrated during longer journeys :).
♡ Avoid soda, high-sugar drinks, and coffee, they are dehydrating.
♡ At lunch, indulge in fresh fruits and vegetables that have a high-water content: avocado, melon, tomato, cucumber, and watermelon.
♡ Avoid anything iced (drinks or ices), as the thermal shock is often too intense for our body. Personally, I never drink iced beverages and certainly not sweetened ones, as iced drinks don’t quench your thirst, but rather trigger the need to drink even more (especially when it’s very, very hot). It’s no coincidence that desert natives actually drink hot or at least warm beverages. As a young girl, I used to go hiking and horseback riding with my father. I’ll never forget the tiny sips of water – from our little flask heated by the sun – sliding down my throat and yet somehow keeping me amazingly hydrated. Ever since trekking like that all over the world – in Africa, Northern Europe and South America – I never drink my water iced, always at room temperature, even when I’m home!
♡ Go for gazpachos, these cold soups are hydrating! Light and full of flavor, they make the perfect appetizer or entrée. Get started with my Tomato Gazpacho recipe which you’ll find in your Private Space.
♡ If the heat is still heavy at night, consider some meditation. Lie down on your bed, relax your limbs, and do some breathing exercises to meditate and reduce your body temperature.
♡ Don’t take a freezing cold shower! Warm water will better regulate your body temperature, and you can finish off with just a quick jet of cold water, which also helps reduce water retention.
♡ Place a bottle of water and a glass wherever you spend the most time at home and work… and voila, take a glass with each pass!
♡ For dinner, opt for something light and preferably cold so that you don’t have to head to sleep with extra body heat.
And be kind to our planet: avoid using disposable plastic bottles! More than 80 billion plastic bottles are disposed of annually worldwide! (Americans account for 40 billion!).
Wishing you a great summer with LeBootCamp!