Staying hydrated when the mercury rises can be a challenge, but luckily, not all of our hydration needs have to come from water. Besides drinking non-alcoholic or caffeinated beverages (which may actually increase the body’s need for fluids),up to 20% of our daily-recommended intake actually comes from the foods we eat, according to the Institute of Medicine.
Staying hydrated just got a lot easier this summer! These top-hydrating foods can help you meet your changing needs.
Fancy some fruit?
Filling up on fruit is a tasty, low-calorie way to make sure you’re keeping up with your hydration requirements. It’s easy to take along for outdoor activities or trips to the beach.
- By its name alone, it’s obvious that watermelon is going to be a very hydrating food. At 91.5% water content and rich with lycopene, it’s a healthy, delicious fruit to eat to stay hydrated. It can be eaten by the slice, added to fruit salads, to beverages for flavor, and even grilled.
- Star fruit, or carambola, is an exotic, palm-sized fruit that comes in sweet or tart varieties and has the texture of a juicy pineapple. It’s got a light, tropical flavor and is rich in antioxidants. At 91.5% water, it will definitely help with hydration.
- All berries are great for hydration, but strawberries are the best of the bunch, with 91% water. They’re excellent whole, sliced into salads, or even blended into smoothies or shakes. According to a study published in The British Journal of Nutrition in 2010, eating a cup of strawberries with a simple-sugar rich meal actually reduces your blood glucose levels.
Many delicious vegetables are hydrating foods, with high-water content and a variety of ways to add them to your daily diet.
- Cucumbers are THE most water rich solid food, with 96.7% water. They’re light and delicious alone, sliced up into salads, served with hummus, or even made into a chilled cucumber soup.
- Iceberg Lettuce is a very hydrating food, with 95.6% water content. It’s usually eschewed for more nutrient dense and fibrous greens like spinach or romaine, but it’s easy to stay hydrated by layering it on sandwiches, to use as a wrap instead of breads, and to use in your salads.
- Sliced or chopped tomatoes are always going to be a mainstay of a great salad, but there are delicious snack sized versions, like grape tomatoes or cherry varieties, that are easy to transport and easy to eat. At 94.5% water and a good source of vitamins and antioxidants, they’re a healthy option if you’re concerned about hydration.
Don’t let dehydration slow down your summer fun. Take a moment to pack some of these hydrating fruits and vegetables with you on your next outing. Is pain keeping you from enjoying outdoor summer activities? Flexogenix helps our patients achieve an active and pain-free lifestyle through our innovative non-surgical solutions. Contact us today to learn more.