As the weather gets warmer we have to work harder to stay properly hydrated. The rule of thumb is that you should drink eight glasses of water per day and some experts recommend even more. However, whilst it is very important to drink water, you can also eat your water, as there are a lot of hydrating foods, which have at least 90% water, that can contribute to your fluid intake.
Keeping hydrated is critical to your overall health. Watch out for some of the signs of dehydration which are; headaches, thirst, fatigue, less frequent urination than normal and dry skin.
People normally consume 20% of their fluid intake from the foods they eat. We take a look at the most hydrating foods that should be eaten to avoid dehydration.
Salad Greens: Iceberg lettuce has a lower nutritional value than most lettuce; it has a very high water content at 96%. Spinach and other leafy greens are packed with nutrients such as fibre and vitamin C. Put them in your salads, sandwiches and juices.
Strawberries: Whilst all berries are good for hydration, strawberries are at 91 % water so easily the best of the bunch. Strawberries are very versatile, eat them on their own or with natural yoghurt for a delicious desert or pop them in a smoothie for a nutritious and hydrating breakfast or snack.
Celery: Due to its 96% water content, crunchy celery has just 6 calories per stalk! It also provides lots of mineral salts, vitamins and amino acids. Celery is delicious raw and can also be added to salads, soups and juices.
Cucumbers: At 95% water content, a glass of cucumber slices is nearly as hydrating as a glass of water. It also contains almost ideal levels of calcium and magnesium, along with potassium, sodium and other minerals. Eat them on their own or try picking them as a delicious addition to salads or sandwiches, or whizz them up into a cool soup.
Bell Peppers: At 92% water content these are among the highest of all vegetables. They are also a high source of vitamin C. Slice them and serve with hummus for a snack or pop into a salad or grill them for the top of a burger.
Watermelon: The clue is in the name as watermelon has over 92% water content. It is also a great source of vitamin C. It can be enjoyed on its own, cut up and added to a jug of water or taken as a cold soup on a hot day.
Radishes: With 95% water content, this nourishing food can help to keep the body hydrated. These refreshingly crunchy, vegetables should be a fixture in your summer salads.
All these healthy and refreshing foods are in season so should be in plentiful supply during the summer months. Introducing them into your diet will allow you to stay healthy & stay hydrated.