Hope you’re all doing well!
Here in California, this extreme heat wave doesn’t seem to be going anywhere anytime soon.
As many of you know one of the best things that we can do during a heat wave is to stay hydrated.
Here are just a few tips to help you stay hydrated:
Eat to Stay Hydrated…
Normally, when we want to stay hydrated we reach for a bottle or glass of water. However, researchers have found that the water that is found in plants such as certain fruits and vegetables is much more similar to the water that is found in our cells. Thus, researchers have concluded that eating certain fruits and vegetables can be especially effective in helping us stay hydrated.
For example, the following fruits and vegetables are at least 70 percent water and many of them include other vital nutrients as well:
- Cooked Squash
- Cooked Brocoli
- Baked Potatoes
Do Not Drink…
During extreme heat waves its best to avoid alcoholic beverages and sugary drinks. I don’t drink alcohol, but from what I have read and heard it can cause dehydration in some cases and it certainly is not hydrating.
Cool and sugary drinks feel and taste amazing at first but the excess sugar can make you even more dehydrated later on.
Love Drinking Water to Stay Hydrated? Here are some tips:
Add a (small) pinch of salt:
I know this might sound counterintuitive but adding a pinch of salt makes it easier for your body to absorb the water.
Add some chia seeds:
When chia seeds are soaked in water, the water becomes much more hydrating and its easier for the body to absorb the water. Additionally, chia seeds are rich in omega 3 fatty acids which help move water into our cells.
Add lemon to your water:
Instead of just having plain water, try adding some lemon. Either squeeze some lemon or add a lemon slice. Lemon contains potassium which is an electrolyte that helps you stay hydrated.
What my mom and I love to do is add a lemon slice, some mint, and one or two cucumber slices to our water. Not only does it taste refreshing but you also get some additional nutrients as well.
Whatever you do, do not use a plastic water bottle:
Over a period of time. The chemicals from the plastic water bottle can leak into the water. Also, do not place your water bottle in a very hot environment because the excess heat will cause the chemicals to leak into the water. Just to be safe, if the bottle does not mention that it is reusable do not use it more than once.
Finally, if you’re fancy and you love sparkling water, do not worry research has shown that sparkling water is just as hydrating as regular water.
I hope that you find these tips to be helpful!