Shanghai Spring has Sprung

Every meeting and greeting I have seen this week has commented on the early warm weather that has visited Shanghai.

For myself I keep thinking it is just a taste of the sultry season to come. And with the Shanghai heat comes sweat which  should  reminds us all of the need to replace and replenish with plenty of our the favorite liquids.

I am already making the transition from cozy warm teas in the afternoon to refreshing sparkling infused water cocktails and teas. As you know staying hydrated is important all year around , however the demands of summer heat and humidity make it doubly important to drink enough liquid. I am amazed at the camels I have met who say they get through the day with 3 cups of coffee.

The importance of being hydrated can not be underestimated. We all know that water is necessary for life.  Your body is about 60% water. Water is involved in almost every process you ask your body to complete on a daily basis , 24 hours a day. Even when you are sleeping your body is using water to keep you air passages nice and moist. Again when you are sleeping your body is using water to complete the detox process. Why do you think many programs ask you to drink juice to detox? Its the power of the  liquid as much as the juice. The way your body rids itself of toxins is by using fluid, think urination and sweat. These are two important avenues of detoxing that your body uses everyday.

Most importantly in the heat and humidity seasons your body cools itself by sweating.  If you don’t have enough fluid in your body then this process slows down and can result in heat exhaustion and heat stroke.

Finally, drinking enough fluid is vital to any weight-loss effort you may be attempting now that bikini season is in view. Many times we confuse hunger with thirst, eating when we are really just thirsty. Not sure you can tell the difference? When you are hungry, have a drink of water first , then see how you feel.

I will admit water can get boring after awhile and even sparkling water has its limits so why not think of water as the vehicle for other delightful liquid libations.

Infused waters are all the craze now and this time of year is perfect to experiment with some new flavors. Making infused waters is like brewing your own ice teas. You take water, either still or sparkling and add some fruits and or herbs to the mix and let them steep for 2-3 hours on the counter or 3-4 hours in the refrigerator.  Start with the fruit , mash just a bit to release juices then add the herbs, if using.  Tear apart the herb leaves to release some of the flavorful oil. Top with 4 cups or 1200-1500 ml of water.

Some combinations to get you started include:

Orange slices and Ginger                                                                                                                                                                               Watermelon and Cilantro                                                                                                                                                                                             Cucumber and Mint                                                                                                                                                                                                   Raspberry and Lime

Eat Well, Live Well, Have Fun!