dehydration tips – HTV https://htv.com.pk Wed, 25 Nov 2020 12:47:21 +0000 en-US hourly 1 6 Flavored Water Recipes to Avoid Dehydration https://htv.com.pk/healthy-recipes/6-flavored-water-recipes-avoid-dehydration Thu, 29 Mar 2018 06:53:56 +0000 http://htv.com.pk/?p=27307

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Be it any season,  you need to stay hydrated anyway. Staying hydrated helps flush out toxins, lose weight, improve digestion, keep your skin healthy, and what not! Wouldn’t it be amazing if you could improve water with nutrients and make it visually more fascinating?

These colorful and delicious flavored water recipes, enriched with the goodness of fruits, spices, and herbs, will get your consideration and be immensely beneficial for you. So, get ready with your chopping board and knife. Let’s make some magic!

1. Orange Ginger Flavored Water

Orange Ginger Flavored Water

Steep Time – 2 hours

Ingredients:

  • ½ orange
  • 1 inch ginger root
  • 1 liter water

How to Prepare:

  1. Crush the ginger root using a mortar and pestle.
  2. Cut the orange into slices with the peel on.
  3. Add the crushed ginger and orange slices to a 1-liter jar of water.
  4. Let it steep in the refrigerator for 2 hours.

Benefits:

  • Oranges are rich in antioxidants and vitamin C that prevent DNA damage and protect the heart.
  • Ginger helps reduce inflammation and muscle pain. It also prevents cardiovascular diseases and diabetes, and promotes gastrointestinal health.

2. Refreshing Mint Flavored Water

Refreshing Mint Flavored Water

Steep Time – 7 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 10 mint leaves
  • 1 liter water

How to Prepare:

  1. Toss the mint leaves into a jar filled with 1 liter of water.
  2. Wait for 7 minutes for the water to taste minty fresh.
  3. You can also add lemon to it for a refreshing flavor.

Benefits:

Mint leaves have a cooling effect and help improve digestion.

3. Green Apple Lime Flavored Water

Green Apple Lime Flavored Water

Steep Time – 1 hour

Ingredients:

  • 12 slices of green apple
  • 7 slices of lime
  • 1 liter water

How to Prepare:

  1. Toss the apple and lime slices into a jar containing 1 liter of water.
  2. Let it steep for one hour in the refrigerator.

Benefits:

  • Apples are rich in phytonutrients that help fight cancer, asthma, cardiovascular disease and lower bad cholesterol levels.
  • Limes are a great source of vitamin C and can be very helpful in stimulating digestion, relieving arthritis, preventing hair fall and fighting cold and cough.

4. Mango Basil Flavored Water

Mango Basil Flavored Water

Steep Time – 1 hour

Ingredients:

  • 10 thin slices of mango
  • 10 basil leaves
  • 1 liter water

How to Prepare:

  1. Add the mango slices and basil leaves to a jug or bottle containing 1 liter of water.
  2. Let it steep for one hour in the refrigerator.

Benefits:

  • Mangoes help with improved digestion, strengthen metabolism, regulate blood pressure, lower bad cholesterol, and improve insulin sensitivity.
  • Basil leaves are loaded with antioxidants and help flush out toxins and inhibit cancer cell proliferation.

5. Grape Orange Flavored Water

Grape Orange Flavored Water

Steep Time – 30 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 15 grapes
  • 15 slices of orange
  • 1 liter water

How to Prepare:

  1. Cut the grapes in half and orange into slices.
  2. Add the orange slices and grape halves to a bottle containing one liter of water.
  3. Let it steep for 30 minutes.

Benefits:

  • Grapes help to inhibit cancer cell proliferation, lower cholesterol, and suppress platelet aggregation.
  • Oranges are rich in antioxidants and vitamin C that prevent DNA damage and protect the heart.

6. Pomegranate Mint Flavored Water

Pomegranate Mint Flavored Water

 

Steep Time – 2 hours

Ingredients:

  • ¼ cup pomegranate
  • A handful of mint leaves
  • 1 liter water

How to Prepare:

  1. Toss the pomegranate and a handful of mint leaves into a bottle containing one liter of water.
  2. Let it steep for two hours in the refrigerator.

Benefits

  • Pomegranate helps regulate blood pressure and has anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, and anticancer properties.
  • Mint leaves have a cooling effect. They aid proper digestion and have anti-tumor, antioxidant, and antimicrobial properties.

These infused water recipes to avoid dehydration are easy to make, rich in nutrients and keep you hydrated. Try these recipes and make your water tastier and healthier. Besides these, don’t forget to drink 8 glasses of water, daily. Stay hydrated!

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Dehydration During Pregnancy: Signs and Ways to Avoid https://htv.com.pk/moms/dehydration-pregnancy-signs-ways-avoid Thu, 08 Jun 2017 07:53:04 +0000 http://htv.com.pk/?p=24831 Dehydration

Water is the essence of life, however, our bodies are made up of water, and during pregnancy a lot of women feel dehydrated due to the fact that they are essentially drinking and eating for two people. As Ramadan is also upon us and heat in Pakistan is always very harsh, there are a lot […]

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Dehydration

Water is the essence of life, however, our bodies are made up of water, and during pregnancy a lot of women feel dehydrated due to the fact that they are essentially drinking and eating for two people. As Ramadan is also upon us and heat in Pakistan is always very harsh, there are a lot of ways pregnant women can avoid dehydration.

Whenever you feel dry lips, and have darker colored urine you should know these are classic signs of dehydration if left un-checked. This may cause premature labor, insufficient breast milk production (foods to boost breast-milk production), as well as in some severe cases deformities in the babies. However, your health will naturally give the baby better health. A normal adult women needs around two to two and a half liters of water per day; however, when you are pregnant, a women needs around three to four liters of water daily.

Dehydration During Pregnancy Signs and Ways to Avoid

Signs of Dehydration in Pregnant Women

Some of the classic signs of dehydration which should ring alarms in your mind are; darker colored urine, feeling thirsty, dizziness, headaches in the heat, feeling extra tired or sleepy in the heat or coming out of it, dried lips, mouth and eyes. These signs should warn the mother or people around her that she is dehydrated and needs water.

Effect on the Mother

Dehydration has different effects on the body of the mother and the baby. For the mother the dehydration can cause morning sickness, and this can result in nausea. This dehydration and nausea can cause pregnant women to feel more dehydrated resulting in feeling tired and having pain in their body. If left unchecked this can cause a lot of problems the most severe being hospitalization where the mother will be given IV fluids to help resolve the problem.

Effect on the Baby

If there is not enough fluids in the body of the mother then she will not be able to supply the baby with amniotic fluid. This will definitely effect the growth of the baby, a deficiency will cause some physical deformations in the babies hands or feet.

How to Avoid Dehydration During Pregnancy

How to Avoid Dehydration During Pregnancy

How to avoid dehydration, especially during pregnancy is a very big task, but here are some ways to avoid it.

1. Drink Lots of Fluids

A cliché solution, but something that is taken very lightly, often people do not drink water, either they do not like carrying a bottle around with them or in fact they just don’t like to drink water. Just make sure you drink anything to keep yourself hydrated, be it plain water or flavored water. Except for drinks there are also many foods to consume such as porridge, pulses and milk to make sure you stay hydrated during the heat.

2. Cutting Down on the Coffee

Well this might be a difficult task for a lot of women who need coffee after waking up and making sure they have the energy to make sure they stay active. However, the fact of the matter is that caffeine drains your body. A single cup of coffee can be okay, but never in access as it can lead to dehydration.

3. Avoid Unnecessary Exposure to the Heat

During pregnancy it is recommended by doctors that pregnant women should avoid any activities that are difficult or strenuous, this can be anything that puts a toll on the body. Also any unnecessary exposure to heat can have a very high impact on the health of the mother and the baby. Therefore, it is best to avoid both the things during the pregnancy.

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10 Genius Ways to Stay Cool in the Summer Without an AC https://htv.com.pk/lifestyle/10-genius-ways-stay-cool-summer-without-ac Thu, 08 Jun 2017 07:46:07 +0000 http://htv.com.pk/?p=24826 10 Genius Ways to Stay Cool in the Summer Without an AC

Summer 2017 is here, and it’s hotter than ever. For those fasting, the rozas are long and tiring.

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10 Genius Ways to Stay Cool in the Summer Without an AC

Summer 2017 is here, and it’s hotter than ever. For those fasting, the rozas are long and tiring. We try to spend most of our time in the air-conditioned indoors, but there comes a time when we need to brave the heat, as well. Additionally, ACs are known to take up significant electricity and will inevitably crank up your utility bills (unless you use inverter ACS). You should be well equipped to deal with the scorching sun; it can leave you dehydrated and miserable and take away from the quality of your day. Here are some easy practices you can start today to stay cool in summer without an AC.

1. Dress for Success

Leave the silk, polyester and artificial fabrics in the dresser. Wear something breathable. Cambric, or light cotton, would be ideal. We’ve talked about the fabric, now let’s talk about the fit. Wearing loose, breezy outer (and even inner) garments can go a long way in ensuring that your body is well ventilated.

2. Ventilation is Important

Speaking of ventilation, make sure that your living accommodation are well aerated. If you live, in a coastal city like Karachi, you should get a decent breeze throughout the day. Find rooms that have strong cross-ventilation, that means windows on either side, so that the breeze can pass through easily.

3. Freeze Your Bedsheets

Try putting your bedsheets in the freezer for about half an hour before setting your bed and sleeping. Keeping them in a plastic bag will help prevent the smell of food from getting in. Just give it a try!

4. Go for a Swim

Take up swimming as an exercise. It’s still possible to pull this off in between rozas, for those who fast. It’ll leave you refreshed for hours after you leave the pool.

 Go for a Swim to Stay Cool in the Summer

5. Take Cold Showers

On a similar note, taking regular, cold showers can work wonders for bringing your body temperature down. Even a 10-15 second shower can do the trick, and it doesn’t even take up that much water. If you do it efficiently.

6. Soak It Up!

If you’re out in the heat, try soaking your cap, or dupatta, in cold water before putting it on. Someone looking at you can barely tell the difference, but you certainly can. Trust us.

7. Switch Your Schedule

Try switching your schedule around, if you have work that doesn’t need to be done in the day, try doing it at night, or early morning when it’s cooler and when a simple roof-fan will suffice.

8. Ice Packs

Keeping ice packs around is definitely a good idea. You can store them in your freezer and then bring them out if you’re going for a hot drive.

Stay Hydrated to Stay Cool in the Summer

9. Stay Hydrated

Staying hydrated is the key to survive the hot summer days. Even if you’re fasting, you can still down plenty of bottles of chilled beverages between iftar and sehri. Taraweeh is a great time to rehydrate, as well.

10. Stay Cool!

Make use of standing, or even mobile fans. Dampening your face with water and then fanning yourself with one of those battery powered mini-fans can still make a big difference.

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