When the weather hots up in the summertime, it is so important to make sure that we stay hydrated. Now, don’t get me wrong; it is important to stay hydrated all year round. But it is especially important to stay hydrated in hot weather, as we lose more water from our body when it is warm. So if you’re going to be doing about your daily business, as well as exercising, then you need to be drinking more water than ever. But are there any other things that we should be doing to make sure that we stay hydrated? Here are a few ideas for you.
Eat Food High in Water Content
While drinking lots of water is important, you can help yourself by eating plenty of fruits and vegetables that have a high water content. Plus, as they are fruits and vegetables, you’ll be getting a vitamin or antioxidant boost from them too. The best fruits to look out for and consume plenty of are things like watermelon (or any melon in fact), as well as grapefruit, strawberries, and pineapple. There are lots of veggies to consume that have a high water content too. Tomatoes, cucumber, zucchini, cabbage, lettuce, and broccoli all have a water content of over 90%. So it is no wonder that we crave salads in the heat. Have one with lettuce, cucumber, tomatoes, strawberries, and a glass of water, and that will be a great meal.
Juice Your Veggies
As has been just said, there are plenty of veggies that have a high water content. One way to make sure that you get all of that important water but with the nutrients that come from the veggies is by juicing. Juices are different to smoothies because they just take the juice and you’re left with some pulp, unlike a smoothie that will include it all. So alongside drinking plenty of water, you could mix things up with a kale and cucumber juice from time to time, for example.
Ice is, you guessed it, made of water. But consuming it in different ways just makes it easier to get hydrated, without having to drink gallons and gallons of pure water. I know a lot of people like to chomp on crushed ice, so that is a good way to feel like you’re eating something, as well as helping your hydration. You could also make things like Hawaiian ice as a treat, with some fruit puree for the sauce or syrup, as well as make yourself some frozen popsicles using water and fruit. There are a lot of ways to use ice to keep hydrated and keep you cool.
Limit Your Alcohol Intake
It can be tempting to drink cocktails all summer long in the sunshine. But alcohol is actually dehydrating, and you get a hangover because you’re dehydrated. So where you can, limit how much alcohol you are consuming. It is a good idea to have a glass of water alongside an alcoholic drink to help to keep you as hydrated as possible.