Beat the Heat: 5 Tips for Staying Hydrated in the Singapore Heat

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Located one degree north of the Equator, Singapore has a tropical climate all year round with no distinct seasons, so escaping the heat isn’t very easy unless you’re dropping into a mall or cinema!

Here are our top tips for Staying Hydrated in Singapore.

1. Natural Flavoured water

Fresh coconut water: A rich natural source of electrolytes which helps prevent dehydration, fresh coconut water is said to be a great alternative to sugary, rehydrating sports drinks.

Lemon-Infused water: Not a fan of plain water? Add a few slices of fresh lemon into your water bottle for an alkalinizing and refreshing drink on the go.

2. Eat your water

Consuming foods that are water and nutrient rich such as tomatoes, zucchini, radish, celery, bamboo shoots, cucumbers, oranges, pears, water chestnuts, starfruit and lime are a good way to keep your body hydrated and cool. Some fruits such as watermelon, mangosteen, pineapple, starfruit, and grapefruit are considered “cooling” in Chinese Medicine.  Grab them at a wet market or try them freshly juiced for a deliciously hydrating boost.

3. Try the ‘cooling drinks’ by Traditional Chinese Medicine practitioners

The Chinese have long since employed the unique properties of natural ingredients to help maintain ‘balance’ in the human body, whether by relieving ‘heat’ or ‘cold’. The following traditional ‘cooling drinks’ are what many locals turn to when they need some cooling down.

Chrysanthemum tea – Brewed from the yellow flowers, the Chrysanthemum flower is a natural coolant and helps in lowering the temperature of the body when suffering from fever or even heat stroke. Bottles of freshly brewed hot and cold tea can be purchased from Chinese medical shops like Hock Hua Tonic and Thye Shan Medical Hall.

Barley drink – Barley pearls are boiled in water and sweetened with ingredients such as rock sugar or candied melon. The drink is also considered “cooling”, and is also believed to help strengthen the spleen. The drink can be drunk both warm or cold. If you are chilling the drink, you can add a bit of lemon juice for a more refreshing taste.

4. Dress for the weather

Avoid sticky synthetic fabrics and stick to rayon, linen and woven cottons. These fabrics won’t cling to the skin, they dry faster, and enable heat to dissipate faster with better air circulation. Also, Stick to shapes that fall away from the body. The less fabric touching your skin, the cooler you’ll feel.

5. Technology is your friend

Apps like Waterlogged, Water Minder and Plant Nanny support you with regular reminders to drink up.

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