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Don’t let summer ailments sideline you. Be prepared with a natural first-aid kit.
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Summer bummer » dehydration
To the rescue » coconut water

+ When you’re feeling the heat, reach for a tropical treat.
“Pure coconut water is like natural Gatorade,” says Janet
Zand, O.M.D., L.Ac., author of Smart Medicine for Healthier
(Avery Publishing Group).“It provides plenty of
electrolytes and minerals that regulate body systems and
help keep fluid levels in balance.” Bonus: This natural, lowcalorie
beverage hydrates you without the sweeteners,
preservatives and artificial flavors found in most sports
drinks—making it a great post-workout thirst quencher.
How to use: Drink 11 ounces of coconut water as soon as
you begin to feel parched; it will offer the same shortterm
benefit as drinking a liter of water and eating a
banana. (Note: This isn’t a substitute for drinking enough
H2O. “The key to staying hydrated is water, water, water,”
says Zand. “And don’t wait until you’re thirsty to drink it.”)

Summer bummer » overheating
To the rescue » rose water

+ Made by steam-distilling flowers, rose water is the goto
remedy for when you’re feeling overheated, says Margi
Flint, A.H.G., founder of EarthSong Herbals in Marblehead,
Mass., and adjunct professor at Tufts University School
of Medicine. “Herbs have energetic properties; some are
heating, some are cooling and some are neutral,” she
explains. “Rose water is very cooling.” Bonus: It smells
terrific and also makes a great facial toner.
How to use: Put a few drops of organic, food-grade rose
water into a cup of water and drink it; or add rose water
to a spray bottle filled with regular water and spritz
yourself as often as you like. You can also use rose water
to create a cold compress—douse a washcloth and stick it
in the refrigerator for a few minutes to make it cool to the
touch—and apply it to the back of your neck or wrists.