Keeping kids hydrated in the summer heat

It's been a very hot summer for us in Seattle with temps reaching into the 90's several times. Now more than ever it is important to make sure I keep my son well hydrated. With excessive heat and how active kids tend to be I like to up the ante and offer my son something that is both extremely hydrating and sneaks some extra nutrition in as well. He loves it, he stays hydrated, everyone wins.  

One of the ways that water interacts with our system is by helping to regulate mineral balance. Adding a pinch of sea salt or something with bound minerals (like cucumber or lemon) helps draw the water into our cells so it doesn't just go right through us. I'm sure you've had the experience of deciding to drink more water and you really up your intake with the result of going to the bathroom every 10 minutes. You may need a little extra help drawing the water in so that your cells are being hydrated and not just have the water pass through. This is so important on hot days when you are sweating more and losing minerals. 

I've chosen the following ingredients based on my son's tastes, nutrient density, and ease of making.

Leigh's Lime Cooler

1/2 scoop of collagen peptides,

 1/4 lime juiced

1 tbsp Coconut water kefir berry flavored,

1/8 tsp Himalayan pink salt

1/4 tsp or less raw honey

 12 ounces filtered water

Mix together in child's water bottle or stir in a glass. I put it in my son's favorite water bottle.

This drink has the benefit of providing some balanced protein in the form of the collagen peptides, which will help even out the amino acids your child consumes. We eat mostly muscle meat in modern times, while we used to eat more the animal and therefore different amino acids. Organ meats and broths are a wonderful way to consume a more diverse and balanced protein. The amino acids contained in collagen peptides not only help our connective tissues rebuild, but help balance our moods, rev up our detoxification pathways and soothe and heal our digestive linings. Lime is full of antioxidants and vitamin c. The coconut water kefir is fermented and a very powerful probiotic that is especially helpful in fighting off candida overgrowth, so if you have a sweet bug this may help curb that. Sea salt is rich in minerals and lower in sodium than table salt giving it a more complete mineral profile. The raw honey is optional especially if you add the coconut kefir, but I added it because my son has a little cough today and raw honey helpful with coughs. 

 

Let me know if you give this a try and if it was a hit at your house too!