Summer is finally making an appearance (fingers crossed) and we are already filling the calendar with pool days, afternoon hikes and beach bumming around. But all that heat and energy means sweaty clothes, stinky underarms and even a wet bra. Now, sweating is important because it keeps you cool but you want to make sure you don’t get dehydrated. How? Downing glasses of water works—if you like lots of pee breaks throughout the day. Another way to fight dehydration in the heat is to plan your meals and snacks a little more carefully. By incorporating certain fruits and veggies into your diet, you’ll add to your much-needed water intake and stay hydrated all through the summer.
The 7 Best Foods for Fighting Dehydration
Watermelons contain around 92% water and are one of the most hydrating foods out there. They are a healthy alternative to snacks like pretzels, chips and peanuts, which contain large amounts of sodium and actually make you more dehydrated.
Cucumbers are about 96% water and they contain no saturated fat or cholesterol. They are high in Vitamin B6 helping to produce serotonin, which is the brain chemical that controls mood. Snack tip: make small cucumber-watermelon bites for a crunchy treat that’s both incredibly hydrating and refreshingly delicious.
Strawberries have the highest water content of any berry, 92% to be exact. This berry is a great source of vitamins C and K. You can enjoy the tart-sweet tang without consuming too much sugar.
This popular orange melon is actually made up of 90% water and is also packed with rich flavour. One cup of cantaloupe provides 100% of the daily recommended values of Vitamins A and C.
Zucchinis are 95% water and help to give you more energy. They also contain a good amount of potassium helping to reduce blood pressure. The veggie also promotes skin health giving a glow and restoring moisture.
If you don’t like sucking on the lemon itself, just slice and drop into a pitcher of water that you keep in the fridge. Besides enhancing the flavour, lemons are a great source of vitamin C and aid in digestion.
Dr. Christopher Calapai is an Osteopathic Physician board certified in family medicine and anti-aging medicine. Proclaimed the “The Stem Cell Guru” by the New York Daily News, he is a leader in the field of stem cell therapy in the U.S.