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6 Tips for Staying Hydrated in the Summer Sun

Screen Shot 2016-08-08 at 2.14.47 PMKeeping yourself hydrated under hot weather conditions is very important and becomes even more important when performing strenuous physical activity. Out here in the dunes, people can head out for a long hike or spend the day on the beach, and not realize they haven’t had enough water. Sometimes people don’t drink enough water because they prefer something with flavor, or it’s difficult for them to drink water when they aren’t feeling thirsty. Here are some tips to help you stay hydrated.

1. Drink Before You Feel Thirsty. If you feel thirsty you may already be dehydrated. Rather than drinking to quench your thirst, it is healthier to replenish fluids regularly, even when you don’t feel thirsty.

2. Drink Water NOT Sugary Drinks! Sugary drinks and soft drinks might feel thirst quenching, but they also contain excess calories and caffeine and offer zero nutritional benefit.

3. Keep a Water Bottle with You. Having a reusable water bottle handy is a good idea. Even if you don’t plan on doing any strenuous activity outdoors, having a water bottle on hand will allow you to drink regularly and before you feel thirsty.

4. Add Fresh Fruit or Fizz. Citrus fruits, such as lemons, limes, and oranges, are great water infusers. Cucumber and fresh mint are refreshing flavors as well. Adding fruit is a great way to add a little flavor to your water without adding too many calories. Add fruit to sparkling water to get the bubbles and fizz with flavor.

5. Have a Sports Drink During Vigorous Exercise. Running trails and beaches, biking, hiking and beach volleyball are all common summer activities in the dunes. Even swimming can cause the body to produce excessive sweat in high temperatures. With vigorous exercise a sport drink might be more useful than water since it can also replenish any nutrients and electrolytes lost in your sweat.

6. Eat Your Water. Try adding more fruits and vegetables that are high in water content to your meals and snacks on the days you plan on being outside in hot weather conditions. Check out our local Farmer’s Markets to stock up!

5 Healthy Habits To Do Every Day

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We all want to be healthier, right? Well, living in the dunes makes it easy to stay healthy! Add these 5 healthy habits to your life and get happier and healthier starting today.

1.Exercise for at least 20 minutes. We all need at least 20 minutes daily to combat aging and disease. What happens if you don’t floss and brush your teeth? They fall out! What happens if you don’t exercise your body? It falls apart! Move it or lose it! Hit a trail, walk the beach, swim in the lake or just walk your dog. The more you get out and get moving the better!

2. Drink more water. Keeping hydrated can have a huge impact on health, yet many fail to drink enough. Water is needed by every cell and organ in the body to function properly. Shoot for eight 8-ounce glasses of water a day, and when your out on the beach or in the sun, add a few more. It’s easy to get dehydrated!

3. Go to Bed Early. Most of us get less than 7 hours of sleep a night. The recommended amount is 7 to 9 hours. If you’re not getting enough, that’s stress to your body. Stress leads to all sorts of health issues. “Early to bed and early to rise makes a man healthy, wealthy and wise” -Benjamin Franklin

4. Smile! Gratitude is the right attitude. Smiling – whether it’s forced or not – leads to health benefits like stress reduction. Living out in the dunes makes it easy to smile. Watch a beautiful sunset or take a walk to look at the beautiful shoreline and it’s sure to turn your frown upside down. Laughter really is the best medicine!

5. Give someone a hug. Besides helping you feel close and connected to people you care about, it turns out that hugs can bring a host of health benefits to your body and mind. You can even hug your pet to reap the benefits.

So what are you waiting for? Enjoy your summer and start these 5 healthy habits today!