With the rising temperatures and this dreadful humidity- my hair gives mother nature a big o’le thank you for that– it’s important to drink a lot of water. Yes, yes, I sound like your mother when you were a kid, warning you to drink water on a constant basis in the summer when all you wanted to do was run through the lawn sprinklers with your friends. (Do kids even play in sprinklers anymore?)
But your mother had the right idea when it came to pushing you to drink water in the summer. Due to the combination of heat and humidity, it’s easy to become dehydrated without even really knowing it. And dehydration can cause more than just dry skin and brittle hair, it can cause dizziness and headaches. If not taken care of in a timely matter, it can even become fatal.
Okay, so now that we got that debby downer stuff out of the way, let’s get on to the good stuff!
Since drinking water is an absolute MUST when it comes to summer, why not shakes things up a bit? With only a few fresh additions to your water, you can make your summer essential into a summer beautifier. Here are some of the best ingredients to add to water and, no, lemon is not included in the list. No need to beat a dead horse, am I right?
Filled with vitamin C and folic acid, strawberries are great for your skin. Vitamin C helps your skin to fight off free radicals, which has a nasty tendency to steal oxygen from your skin and deteriorate collagen, thus helping to prevent wrinkles and those dreaded summer lines. For those of you who already have a few laugh lines, this is where the folic acid comes in. Folic acid is essential for cell regeneration, which helps to fill in those pesky lines.
Due to the plant seed’s natural oils, fennel help to freshen your breath and aid in digestion. To freshen your breath, the seeds releases an oil that helps to remove bacteria from your mouth, thus helping to remove bad breath. It should be noted that-unless you have a water bottle with a tiny hole strainer on top- you should place the seeds in a tea steeper to keep from swallowing them. Bonus: Though it’s probably just an old wives tale, fennel is said to aid in breast growth. Now, I don’t know about you guys, but with all the other benefits of fennel, what can it hurt?
Blueberries were one of the first fruits to be dubbed a ‘super fruit’ and for good reason. These little berries are jammed packed with antioxidants, vitamin A and C, and salicylic acid. For those of you who don’t know, all of those are great for skin and hair health. Salicylic acid helps to prevent acne from forming under the skin and helps to heal acne that has already formed. Antioxidants, though popular for their benefits to your skin, are also great for producing hair growth as it helps to form the connective tissues around hair follicles.
There’s nothing worse than bloating during bathing suit season. (We’re just going to pretend that world hunger, violence against women, and terrorism don’t exist…). You work out every day-okay, kind of sort of every day- and eat healthy in that hot pursuit of that bikini body. But, to your horror, your once flattish belly balloons to twice its size. This can be helped with the addition of ginger to your water. As a carminative, ginger helps to calm inflammation and intestinal distress, which helps to relieve bloating and (dare I say it) gas.