Hydrate, Hydrate, Hydrate!

Hydrate, Hydrate, Hydrate!

It is hard to walk from your car to the front door of your house without breaking a sweat during this time of the year! It is very important to stay hydrated year round, but especially during the summer months where you are constantly losing water.  The goal is to drink half your body weight in ounces of water each day.  That may seem like a lot, but did you know that you can receive hydration through fruits and vegetables high in water volume?

Here are some common fruits and vegetables with high water volume:

·         Cucumbers (96% fluid)

·         Celery (95% fluid)

·         Tomatoes (94% fluid)

·         Cabbage (93% fluid)

·         Watermelon (92% fluid)

·         Kale (91% fluid)

·         Broccoli (91% fluid)

·         Berries (91% fluid)

·         Carrots (87% fluid)

If you select fluid rich foods for 3 of your snacks or meals throughout the day, that should count for about 2 cups or 16 ounces of your daily needs of water.

If you struggle drinking water throughout the day, here are some tips to increase hydration:

·         Drink a glass of water as soon as you wake up

·         Carry a water bottle with you throughout the day

·         Using a straw can help increase water intake

·         Alternate water with other beverages throughout the day and evening

·         Set a calendar reminder or alarm to drink water every 1-2 hours of the day

·         Dilute juices with water

·         Try tracking your water on an online application on your phone

·         Add fruit, herbs, or vegetables to your water to give it a different flavor (lemon, lime, mint, watermelon, cucumber, berries, oranges, etc.)

I hope this helps you stay hydrated throughout the day.  Let me know if you have any questions.