Water is a classic when it comes to hydration, but to combat heat waves like the one that is plaguing the Peninsula these days, it is not enough. With sweat we lose water and also minerals. That loss can leave us with a feeling of exhaustion that can lead to heat stroke. The main minerals we lose are potassium, magnesium and sodium.
Bananas, mushrooms, tomatoes, oranges or dried fruit are ideal for replenishing this deficit. With two handfuls of almonds and pistachios we would cover our magnesium needs for the day. Legumes are going to give us a great contribution of potassium and magnesium.
You have to drink water every so often without waiting for the sensation of thirst to arrive. Every 20 minutes or half an hour we should drink half a glass of water. Neglecting this aspect can lead us to feel muscle cramps or headaches. Isotonic drinks have a lot of sugar. An alternative is found in coconut water, which also has more potassium than even a banana. If we add a little salt we will maintain the osmotic balance.
Isotonic drinks have a lot of sugar, an alternative is found in coconut water
A very healthy and easy shake to make would be made with coconut water, half a banana, frozen strawberries and a pinch of salt.
The people who should be most careful about high temperatures are the elderly, who have an inhibited thermal regulation system, and children under 4 years of age who have not yet developed it, as well as those who suffer from circulatory and cardiac diseases. “These types of people are going to have to be more aware of the consumption of these foods and constantly hydrate themselves.”