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Merge 104.8 | 29 June 2020
The summer season is upon us in Oman and the heat is here to stay. But even 40 degrees Celsius outside isn’t always incentive enough for us to be downing our eight glasses a day.
Surprising? Perhaps. Dangerous? Most definitely.
Dehydration can occur twice as quickly during the hot summer months — whether you’re spending time outside doing even light activity, or indoors with the A/C on the fritz, or simply forgoing H20 for a grande latté.
Some good rules of thumb to keep in mind to avoid the debilitating – and potentially deadly – effects of dehydration are to drink plenty of fluids even when you don’t feel thirsty. Chances are, if you’re feeling thirsty — you’re already dehydrated. Avoid beverages that contain high amounts of sugar which can actually exacerbate dehydration, and always keep bottled water on-hand if you’re exercising or doing any activity outdoors.
The point? Your body needs water. But if guzzling glass after glass doesn’t float your boat, try mixing it up with some flavourful infusions such as cucumber, mint, and berries, ‘fruity’ ice cubes, or one of these delicious cool concoctions!
Ginger Lychee Lemonade
Tart meets sweet in this cool cup that’s both healthy and hydrating to boot! Get the recipe here.
Raspberry Lemon Iced Tea
It doesn’t get much more ‘summer-in-a-glass’ than this, as an iced tea classic gets a ‘berry’ delicious upgrade. Get the recipe here.
Craving a quick-and-easy cool snack to chase down that tall, cool glass of summer spritzer? This fool-proof sweet treat is just the ticket. Get the recipe here.
Editor’s Note: A version of this article was previously published in Merge 104.8’s sister publication Y Magazine.
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