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With the Hot and Dry season just around the corner, it’s important to remember that in hot and humid conditions, we tend to get dehydrated. Though constant hydration is needed, its source still needs to be healthy.

Aside from water, natural fruit juices that are rich in vitamins and fiber can also be a healthy way to quench your thirst. But instead of buying them in juice stands, you can make your own. This way, you can hold off the sugar!


Mint Lemonade

From detoxification and boosting the immune system to skin care, lemons have been recognized for their endless health benefits. On the other hand, mint serves as a natural breath freshener while relieving indigestion. This healthy drink is super easy to prepare so you can go from thirsty to satisfied in just minutes.

Procedure:
Combine 2 sliced lemons and 1 cup of fresh mint leaves with 4 cups of cold water. Let it chill for about 1 hour to absorb the flavors.


Ginger Fizz

This is a popular South Indian drink perfect for those hot summer days. Ginger is well known for assisting the digestive system and its anti-inflammatory properties. Dayap, rich in Vitamin C, is an immunity booster.

Procedure:
Combine ginger with dayap in a jar. Seal with lid and place in sunshine for 2 days. Boil for five minutes. Cool and strain. Place 1 Tbsp. ginger juice in glass add the juice from one lemon then, sweeten with honey. Top with ice cubes!


Pandan Iced Tea

The use of the pandan leaf isn’t limited to cooking; it also has medicinal benefits such as healing wounds and relieving cough. Its fragrant aroma is perfect for a refreshing drink!

Procedure:
In 8 cups of water, add 5 pieces of pandan leaves. Boil for 3-5 minutes. Add 2 tablespoons of sugar or honey. Leave it to cool, then serve in a glass with ice!


Cucumber Orange Water

Cucumber is a cooling agent that hydrates the skin, increases metabolism, and provides our body with vitamins and nutrients. Citrus fruits are also good for the skin and the liver!

Procedure:
Combine 3 sliced oranges and sliced cucumbers with 6 cups of cold water. Let it chill for about 1 hour to absorb the flavors.

There are plenty of reasons to stay hydrated. Flavoring water with fresh fruit slices and herbs is an easy and healthy way to beat tag-init!

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Though weather these BER months may not be as cold as that in previous months because of the El Niño ( http://www.panahon.tv/blog/2015/10/el-nino-getting-stronger-threatens-ph-until-2016/ ), we cannot deny that we’ve been waking up to cooler, crisper air these past few weeks. To make sure you’re prepared for the weather changes, keep these five things in your bag.
 

1 jacket
 
A no-brainer essential when it’s cold, a jacket can also be a handy way to protect you from the sudden rains. Opt for hoodies that can keep your head dry and warm during cold, rainy days.
 

1 scarf
 
If wearing jackets is not your thing, shawls and scarves are fashionable ways to keep warm. There are several ways to wear them too—as a shrug, as a wrap, as a neck warmer. With several designs and colors to choose from, these accessories don’t only make you look good; you can also use them to wipe off sweat, as a pouch, or as a blanket for an impromptu picnic! When it’s sunny, use it to cover your head as a stylish sunscreen.
 

1 lotion
 
When cold weather comes, expect dry skin. That’s because the air holds less moisture at this time. To prevent skin from drying out, which makes it more susceptible to skin breakage, always bring a small bottle of lotion, which you can apply several times during the day.
 
1 lip balm

 
During this season, our lips are also at the mercy of cold weather. Avoid chapped, cracked lips by regularly using lip balm. Remember that lip balm is not just a girl thing; there are plenty of untinted lip balms guys can use. Moisturize your lips because extreme dryness can lead to sores, which can be pretty painful.
 

1 water
 
During cold weather, our bodies sometimes lose their sense of thirst. Be conscious of your water intake, and always bring a bottle of water with you at all times. This helps keep you hydrated and energized even when it’s cold.