It’s hot out there, ya’ll. It feels like this past month I’ve been running between air conditioners to stay cool. And when those temperatures get warmer, our bodies are more likely to need water to stay cool and balanced. Health authorities commonly recommend that you drink at least 8 glasses of water per day. However, I often have a tough time drinking eight glasses of any liquid in a day. It takes a very conscious effort on my part to make sure I’m getting the fluid intake my body needs to thrive. And that’s why I felt it was important to share 5 ways to stay hydrated (without drinking water).
Who says you can’t have your water – and eat it, too? According to the Institute of Medicine’s recommendations, we should eat 20% of our daily water intake to stay hydrated. What does this look like? See below:
I’ve written a lot about the importance of breakfast, but here’s a great way to eat a hearty and healthy meal that will also leave you hydrated – oatmeal. That’s right! When oats are cooking, they expand and absorb the water or milk they’re being paired with.
Speaking of milk, according to a study by McMaster University, milk is even more hydrating than water or sports drinks. That’s because milk is a great source of protein, carbohydrates, calcium, and electrolytes. Even chocolate milk will do the trick!
All fruits have very high water content. Yet, true to its name, watermelon is 95.5% water and provides so much more. According to a study from the University of Aberdeen Medical School, watermelon is ideal for hydration because of its contents – salt, calcium, and magnesium – and is also a great staple of potassium, vitamin A and vitamin C. I’ll gladly eat a whole watermelon in place of a glass of water.
When it’s time to hydrate – skip the sports beverages and go for something tropical. Coconut water is low in carbohydrates, while still rich in potassium. Plus, according to a recent study, the high electrolyte content makes it an effective rehydration beverage after light exercise. Be warned, however, that not ALL coconut water is good for you as some varieties have very high sugar content. So check the labels and choose the ones without any added sweeteners. If interested, here’s a link for how to make your own coconut water or milk.
Celery & Cucumbers
Don’t overlook these vegetables! Celery stalks are 95% water, high in fiber, and rich in minerals including potassium and vitamin K.
Cucumbers, however, place number one at the list of water-logged fruits and vegetables as they contain 96% water. Cucumber and melon bites, anyone?
Remember, it’s still important to drink plenty of water to stay hydrated, especially in the summertime, but you can also quench your thirst with these super hydrating foods & drinks. For tips about exercising in the heat, please click this link here. And if you haven’t done so already, I encourage you to sign up below for our newsletter to receive more helpful articles like these right to your inbox.