Wednesday, May 16, 2007

Editor's Pick

Beat heat and dehydration with fresh fruit!
Phil Lempert lists seven fruits that are super foods for summer.

Most of us just aren’t hydrated enough — and with the sizzling summer heat coming soon, getting adequate fluids (and electrolytes) is a must. Without enough fluids we get dehydrated, which has a negative impact on our physical and cognitive performance; and can also cause headaches, muscle cramping, dizziness, irritability and fainting. And when we exercise, we can sweat as much as 2.5 liters of water per hour, which can cause a loss of electrolytes potassium and sodium, impairing the function of vital organs like the heart.

The good news is electrolytes and even some fluids are readily available in foods like fresh fruits and vegetables. And the best part about summer is that it's easier than ever to get your minimum 9-A-Day of fresh produce. Summer offers a wider selection of ripe and juicy fruits and vegetables than any other season.

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