Temperatures are rising throughout the whole of Croatia and with a mini heatwave on the way it is important to know what to drink and eat throughout the hot period.
As Dubrovnik melts in temperatures rising up to the high thirties you can expect the beaches of the city to be packed and the ice-cream sellers to be rubbing their hands. Not only will the heat bring on a loss of appetite, poor sleep, nervousness and heart problems it will also bring some changes to our body temperature. So how do you keep hydrated in the heat.
How much water do I need to drink?
According to experts you should drink between 6 and 8 glasses of water daily on normal days, however you should increase your intake on warmer days. Although your daily fluid intake can include sugar-free drink as well as tea and coffee, you need to take into account that caffeinated drinks have a diuretic effect, in other words help you lose fluids. Keep a water bottle with you wherever you go to ensure you drink enough during the day.
What to eat to keep you cool?
Around 25 percent of our daily fluid intake comes from the food we eat, however this can depend on what you eat. Of course certain fruits and vegetables contain much higher levels of fluids than processed foods.
We wish it did, but no it doesn’t. Experts suggest that cold food gives you a short lived cool feeling but that this will soon turn to heat. Whilst an ice-cream, ice-lolly or slushies might seem tempting on a hot summer’s day they are actually warming your body up rather than cooling it down.