Foods for staying hydrated
Aug 17, 2013 / 5:00 am
In the Okanagan, our dry summer conditions make it easy to feel parched. With our bodies consisting of about 70% water -- our brains 75% water -- staying hydrated is vitally important for overall health. Common symptoms of dehydration include headaches, dark yellow urine and sluggishness. But for most of us, drinking the recommended eight glasses of water a day isn’t all that appealing. To help those who are water-shy, here are some great foods to increase your fluid intake with some added flavours and nutrients.
Watermelon: This yummy fruit is made up of 92% water, and includes benefits like Vitamin C and Vitamin A. It can be enjoyed in more ways than one. Try adding it to a fresh salad or in salsa. Blend it up with some ice for a refreshing drink, and of course, it’s delicious on its own.
Strawberries and other Berries: Fresh berries are in abundance right now, so why not take advantage and enjoy these fruits which are rich in antioxidants and Vitamin C. The possibilities are endless when it comes to different ways to incorporate berries into your diet. For example, how about pairing some blueberries with yogurt for an afternoon parfait in the sunshine!
Grapefruit: This juicy citrus fruit is 90% water. Not only are grapefruits hydrating they are also rich in Vitamin C, Vitamin A and antioxidants. Research suggests this low calorie fruit can even shrink the waistline, which is an added bonus in the summer. Try adding some wedges to a plain old salad or just peel and enjoy.
Bell Peppers: These colourful peppers are 92% water, but still manage to be loaded with nutrients including Vitamin C, Beta Carotene and Folic Acid. After being out in the sun on a hot day, sliced peppers with some hummus can be an enjoyable way to cool down.
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