Summer in Los Angeles is full of many fun and exciting outdoor activities. Many people will be enjoying picnics, festivals or just everyday walks. Staying cool and hydrated in the hot Los Angeles summer is very important to seniors. It is also important what you choose to hydrate yourself.
Sodas are a very bad choice for anyone but especially for seniors. They are loaded with sugar and plenty of artificial colors and flavors. Soda can also lead to osteoporosis in some cases. Diet soda is actually worse than it’s sugar laden counterpart. They have been known to cause more weight gain than regular soda. If you really enjoy the bubbles, it’s best to go with seltzer water.
Most people think of juice as a healthy alternative to soda. What they don’t realize is juice has just as much, and in some cases, more sugar than soda. When you drink your fruits, you miss one of the most important parts, the fiber. Seniors also take in unnecessary calories with juice. One cool, tall glass of juice is likely to be made up of at least 6 to 8 oranges, depending on the size of the glass. Would you eat 6 to 8 oranges in one sitting? Sometimes, the juice you are drinking has very little fruit in it, as low as 15 percent.
Tea can be very good for you as it contains large amounts of antioxidants. The type of tea you choose depends on the amount you get, black tea ranking very high. You must still be very careful with tea. The healthy benefits of the antioxidants can be offset by adding sugar to your iced tea. Try drinking it unsweetened or with a little agave juice for sweetener.
A Healthier Alternative
Water is the best option for hydration but some people find it boring. You can spruce up your water with a slice of lemon, lime or even cucumber. You could also try a fruit water recipe, using fruits from your own garden. Start with a large decanter for water and add your flavorings, maybe a handful of fresh blueberries and a squeeze of lemon. You could also try a few strawberries and a couple of leaves of mint. Whatever flavors you choose, simply give them a quick muddle with a spoon or even a potato masher, just enough to get some of the juices out of the fruit. Top this with a generous amount of ice and then fill the rest with water. Let this sit in your refrigerator for a few hours to let the fruit totally permeate the water. You can choose to strain the water as you pour or enjoy a few of the fruit bits in your water. Now you have a lightly flavored water with a hint of flavor of your choice! Less sugar and more interesting than plain water. Do you have any interesting flavor combinations? Leave a comment and let us know.