With sunny days and hot temperatures, summer is a key time for dehydration to set in, especially if you’re super active. Being even a little dehydrated can lead to fatigue, muscle cramps, lightheadedness and headaches… symptoms we definitely want to stay away from during our exercise routines.
Staying hydrated also has some awesome benefits; not only will you feel more energized, studies have shown that paying attention to your water intake can increase metabolism and aid in weight loss. It can also keep your skin clear, aiding in a natural, healthy glow. Lugging that reusable bottle around sure seems worth it!
Thankfully, it’s easy to get the hydration you need by adding some extra fluids and buying up some deliciously hydrating produce that’s so wonderful in the summer months. Staying hydrated doesn’t necessarily have to mean chugging down 8 glasses of water a day; there are plenty of creative ways to add more satiating, exciting fluids to your day.
“Eat” Your Water
-Cucumbers have the highest water content of any solid food. Nosh on some cuc’s with a bit of salt and pepper or throw some into your water for a hint of extra flavor.
-Pineapple, kiwi, oranges and watermelon are super hydrating fruits that are delicious this time of year. Incorporate them into your typical summer recipes or eat them raw!
-Celery is super hydrating and has about 6 calories per stalk. Dip it in some peanut butter for added protein and the perfect post-workout snack.
-Tomatoes have a super high water content and act as the perfect snack when picked in their cherry or grape varieties.
-For more ideas, see this list of the most hydrating foods you can eat.
-Sometimes, the body’s craving for thirst can decrease during exercise, the time when your body needs water most. Make sure to drink your fluids throughout your workout, even if you aren’t feeling like you need it.
-Flavor your water with some delicious produce to make it super easy to drink. [20 Ideas for Flavored Water]
-Sports drinks may feel hydrating but often come enhanced with dyes and chemicals. Make your own homemade, natural sports drinks with these recipes: All-Natural Homemade Sports Drinks
-If you’re looking to replenish electrolytes after a particularly long workout but want to avoid conventional sports drinks, look to fruits like bananas and dates. Filled with nutrients like potassium, these fruits plus a few glasses of water replace all you’ve lost during your routine.
How do you stay hydrated during the summer? What’s your favorite replenishing summertime beverage? Let us know in the comments below!
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