It is summers and it is true that you don’t think about dehydration rest of the year. But during summers, it is extremely important to keep yourself hydrated – especially when you are active outdoors. Soaring temperatures and the sweltering heat can ruin the body’s electrolyte balance (minerals that maintain proper fluid levels). Dehydration sets and even only water is not enough to maintain it, therefore we have a list of summer foods that not only hydrate our bodies but provide us with the necessary salts and other nutrients.
Watermelon: The combination of salts, minerals and natural sugars in some fruits and vegetables can actually hydrate people more effectively than water or even sports drinks. Watermelon tops the list amongst them, thanks to its 92 percent water content and essential rehydration salts calcium, magnesium, potassium, and sodium.
Cucumbers: At 95 percent water content, a cup of cucumber slices is nearly as thirst-quenching as a glass of water. Cucumbers also provide a little fiber and some vitamin C (about 6 percent of the Daily Value per cup).
Tender coconut water: There’s a reason people go nuts for this tropical drink. Unlike sports beverages, coconut water is low in carbohydrates, while still rich in potassium.
Yogurt: When you become dehydrated, your body loses electrolytes in addition to water. Since yogurt has a substantial amount of potassium and sodium, it can help replace the lost electrolytes and re-energize your body.
Cantaloupe: Even though this popular melon is 90 percent water, it’s still packed with refreshingly rich flavor. One cup of cantaloupe also provides 103.2 percent of the daily value for vitamin A.
Zucchini: With 95 percent water by weight, Zucchini is one of the most hydrating vegetables you can eat. A healthy serving has less than 25 calories and is an excellent source of folate, potassium, and vitamins A and C.
Bell peppers: are 92 percent water, yet they’re still rich sources of some of the best nutrients available, including vitamin C, thiamine, vitamin B6, beta-carotene, and folic acid.
Broccoli: Vitamin C, fiber, calcium, and few calories. Need we say more? (Just in case: It’s composed of 91 percent water, too!)
This summer turn your heads towards summer fruits and veggies. The average adult human body is about 60 percent water. If we stay hydrated, it helps to control our body’s temperature, heart rate, blood pressure, and metabolism; it helps lubricate our joints and benefits our muscles. Dark urine, less urination, constipation, headache, muscle cramps, low blood pressure and in extreme cases delirium too could be a sign of dehydration. So just move your way into ‘eating your water’ to help beat the summer heat.