Hydrating Foods For The Hot Summer Months

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Staying hydrated is always important, but during the hot summer months it become even more critical. Without proper hydration, your body, and your heart in particular, must work harder than they normally would to keep your muscles and body functioning properly. Of course, when people hear the term hydration, the first thing that routinely pops into their mind is water – and that’s a good thing! Water is by far the best liquid to maintain proper hydration levels, but did you know there are also hydrating foods you can eat to help do the same thing?

Hydrating Foods To Keep Around During Summer

First of all, the easiest way to know if you’re adequately hydrated is to check the color of your urine. If it’s clear or pale, you’re in good shape. Darker urine, on the other hand, is a sign of dehydration. And believe it or not, being thirsty isn’t actually a signal that you’re getting dehydrated – it’s a sign that you’re already there.

Though everyone’s water requirements differ (depending on a variety of factors ranging from gender to weight to where they live), we’ll use the traditional eight glasses of water (64 ounces) as a benchmark for daily fluid intake. What many people don’t know about that target, however, is that any water in the food you eat also counts towards that fluid intake goal. How great is that?!

So with that in mind, here’s a list of foods you can eat to help keep you hydrated, in addition to the water and other liquids you’re drinking:

Watermelon

Cucumbers

Strawberries

Broccoli

Radish

Zucchini

Tomatoes

Spinach

Eggplant

Grapefruit

Cantaloupe

All of these fruits and vegetables are both nutritious AND comprised of over 90% water, believe it or not. One easy way to incorporate several of these foods (and all of their vitamins and minerals) into one meal is to choose a few and blend them up with yogurt and some ice into a delicious, refreshing smoothie. It’s a perfect (and healthy) summer time treat for everyone in the family!

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