By Tori Taylor, June 4 2019 —
Hydration can come in all sorts of fun forms. Enjoy your summer with a plethora of fresh-squeezed juices that will keep you cool, hydrated and replenished. Fruits and vegetables contain high levels of antioxidants that fight off toxins. As well, fresh juices are packed sky-high with the vitamins and nutrition that your body needs to counter the dehydrating heat.
Lemon juice is among the best for your whole body. It has many detoxifying properties and adds zest to any beverage. Lemon is high in vitamin C and is a great digestive aid. You can add lemon and a teaspoon of raw honey to your next ice water or squeeze it into an iced tea.
Watermelon is easily a juicing favourite and, eaten raw, this fruit is an awesome hydrator as it’s made up of mostly water. It’s high in vitamins A, C and B6 — properties that are excellent for your skin and blood circulation — and lycopene — a powerful antioxidant that improves heart health and fights free radicals. Lemon contains a blend of amino acids that strongly benefit your immune system. If you’re looking for a great DIY recipe, try blending or juicing apple, lemon, orange, broccoli, spinach and as much watermelon as you’d like.
Cucumber is a well-loved water accessory. But cucumber water and juices are much more than a fancy flourish at an expensive spa. This vegetable is fibre-rich and detoxifying. Cucumbers have anti-inflammatory properties that play big roles in your physical and mental health. Cucumbers are high in all of the B vitamins, a group of vitamins that contribute to healthy stress management and mood stability. Try out a juice recipe heavier on the vegetables — blend or juice kale, kiwi, lemon or orange, celery and more cucumber than your spa’s waiting room.
Coconut water is a must-have. It’s full of electrolytes and micronutrients and has higher potassium levels than a banana. Because of how electrolyte-packed it is, coconut water will give most sports drinks a hydration run for their money. Adding coconut water to your water bottle on a hike or a smoothie for a snack will keep your body replenished in the heat. Staying hydrated will go a long way in avoiding heat stroke and dehydration headaches or fatigue.
Orange juice is one of the most popular juices year-round. Like lemon, this fruit has several benefits. Oranges are high in vitamin C and anti-inflammatory properties, making them a valuable fruit for strong immune system function and digestion. Oranges can be fresh-squeezed and drank on their own. Or, you might choose to add oranges to your water bottle for an extra citrus pop.