8 Foods To Keep Yourself Hydrated In The Summer
Staying hydrated in the hot summer is essential. Our bodies are made up of mostly water. Water is vital in maintaining optimal hydration for us to function properly.
Our bodies are like well-oiled machines. When something’s out of whack, it lets us know. When we’re not hydrated enough, our body tells us with symptoms we may not even relate to dehydration. Fatigue, dizziness, headaches, little to no urine, very dark urine, diarrhea, feeling confused, dry mouth, extreme thirst, these are all signs our body gives us to say, “Hey, I’m dehydrated!”
We become dehydrated through exercise, going to the bathroom, fever, vomiting, the elderly tend to drink less water, even breathing releases water. Additional contributors to dehydration are caffeine, alcohol, and stress.
We’re enjoying summer now. It’s natural to want to be outside. It’s the shortest season of the year, and it’s the season we all long for after winter. We crave sunshine, outdoor activities, backyard barbecues, the beach. It’s also the hottest season. Depending on where you live, it could be very humid. It’s important to note that perspiration from being outdoors in the summer also depletes water in our bodies.
Staying hydrated in the summer is a must. Because we’re all busy, we might not think about it actively. If you’re not, please do. Staying hydrated doesn’t need to be a chore, or all plain water. We’ve all heard drinking eight glasses of water a day is important to keep our bodies cool and functioning well. There are foods you can incorporate daily that are hydrating, and are really good to eat.
- Cauliflower: This unassuming vegetable has 92% water content. It’s also packed with phytonutrients and vitamins. It’s also known for reducing cancer risk. Try it broken up in salads for added crunch!
- Tomatoes: It’s summer! Farm stand tomatoes, homegrown tomatoes, or from your local market. Enjoy their sweetness in so many ways. How about skewered with fresh basil and mozzarella?
- Radishes: Spicy-sweet, they have catechin in them, the antioxidant found in green tea. For breakfast try avocado toast with sliced radishes on top.
- Iceberg lettuce: This lettuce isn’t dark, but it contains so much water! Use as a sandwich or taco wrap.
- Celery: Contains vitamins A, C, and K. It’s also known for being a natural remedy for acid reflux.
- Cucumbers: These are really refreshing. Try cucumber soup. Blend cucumbers, plain yogurt, mint, and ice cubes.
- Berries: Strawberries are number one in water content, plus they contain fiber, and nutrients. Blueberries and blackberries are great, too.
- Watermelon: An all-time summer favorite! Eat it sliced, enjoy it with a salad of baby arugula, feta cheese, sliced almonds and a splash of balsamic vinegar. Or, cut watermelon into cubes, freeze them, drop into a pitcher of water and leave it in the fridge for your enjoyment.
Staying hydrated doesn’t have to mean drinking bottle after bottle of water. These tips will keep your mind and body in shape for a great summer!