We’ve reached the season of sticky Tube journeys and sun-baked afternoons in the park, which makes hydration extra-important. Even if you’re not conscious of it, you are probably sweating more, which means losing more electrolytes and water. It is absolutely safe and beneficial to keep practicing hot yoga during the summer, but you should adjust your water and nutrient intake to ensure your body has everything it needs.
The key electrolytes you lose through sweat are potassium and sodium. They are fundamental to your physical function so pay extra attention to how much you get in hot weather. You can sip electrolyte drinks such as coconut water before, during or after your Bikram class for immediate replenishment. It’s a good idea increase the electrolyte levels in your diet too. Potassium sources include bananas, potatoes, sweet potatoes, oranges, berries, melons or peaches. Sodium is, of course, easy: add a pinch of salt to your next meal.
If you find hot weather curbs your appetite, have at least one nutrition-rich smoothie every day. They are a great way to get a concentrated dose of micro-nutrients and water in a refreshing, easy-to-digest form!
What are your favourite hot-weather hydration tips? Please share in the comments!