Foods That Help Fight Dehydration
Whether you are a professional athlete or just your average Joe, staying properly hydrated is important if you want to keep your body (and mind) in tip-top shape. Drinking enough water is one way to help keep your hydration levels up to par, but did you know eating the proper foods can also help in the battle against dehydration? In this quick blog post, we are going to look at some common foods that help you stay hydrated.
There is a lot of confusion about how much water the body needs to stay hydrated, with some people suggesting drinking 8 glasses of water a day is enough, and others saying it takes more or less depending upon your activity level. Add in tracking your sweat rate and monitoring signs and symptoms of dehydration, and soon enough you will find yourself confused.
On top of that, it can be difficult to consume that much bottled water a day. A good rule of thumb is to drink water when you are thirsty, as that is the first symptom of dehydration. Another great trick is to drink a bottle of water when you first wake up, before you go to bed, and before each meal.
If you find it hard to drink that much – never fear. Research suggests that up to 20% of our daily water needs comes from the foods we eat. We can maximize this amount of hydration by consuming foods that are made mostly of water – that is, that have a water content that is equal to (or greater) than 80-90% of its body weight.
So what are these wonder foods? Without a doubt, the melon family of foods are some of the highest water content fruits on the planet. Watermelon, Cantaloupe, Honey Dew melons, and especially cucumber are all water-rich foods that taste great and have a good blend of vitamins as well – cucumbers alone are nearly 97% water!
Celery is a great vegetable on this list of hydrating foods. At just over 95%, celery is easy to pack for a quick bite on the go, and tastes great with the addition of peanut butter or cream cheese and raisins for an added protein punch!
Tomatoes – are they fruit or vegetable (they are fruit) – do you say tomato or tomatoh? No matter what you call them or how you slice them (pun intended), tomatoes have a high concentration of water and make a perfect addition to sandwiches, salads, and a wide variety of dishes. You can even slice them up and have them by themselves.
Speaking of salads, you can’t go wrong with a healthy dose of iceberg lettuce, spinach, or even kale. While lettuce arguably has the highest water content, spinach and kale have other nutrient benefits that may make them a better addition to meals or even a quick sandwich.
Finally, let’s not forget one of nature’s sweetest fruits – strawberries. They work as a quick snack, as a salad topping, and even as a tasty additive to bottled spring water or desserts. With just over 90% water content, these delicious members of the berry family are just what the doctor ordered. Fighting dehydration has never been so tasty!