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Multiple Modes of Hydration

While it’s important to stay hydrated year-round, it’s even more so during the summer months when the temperatures rise, you sweat profusely, and it feels like you may melt. Water is so important for helping the body function properly, and it can even have an effect on our mood and how tired we feel. Did you know that there are more ways to stay hydrated than just drinking water? There are actually several foods (and other beverages) that you can have that can help you do just that.

Celery

Celery
As great as celery is to pair with buffalo wings or peanut butter and to help ease cravings for a crunchy food that’s healthier than potato chips, it also has a high water content (95-percent). However, as beneficial as that is, you’ll want to make sure to eat it as soon as possible and not leave it out of the fridge for long. When its water starts evaporating, the celery can start wilting.

Woman making a smoothie

Smoothies
One of the best things about smoothies is that you can combine a whole host of different ingredients – even throwing in some that are nutritious but have a taste you don’t like – blend them together, and you’re good for a nutritional beverage. If you want a fruity taste to your smoothies, make sure to use real fruit as opposed to fruit juice as the latter usually has way too high of a sugar content.

Watermelon

Watermelon
The quintessential summer fruit not only has a very high water content (92-percent), but it also has a good amount of nutrients including vitamin C, biotin, and vitamin A. It’s also one of the foods that is the highest in the antioxidant lycopene which gives the fruit its red color and is quite beneficial for the body.

Cucumber

Cucumber
Did you know that cucumbers are 96-percent water? That makes them pretty great to keep in your fridge for when you’re looking for foods to help you stay hydrated. From being included in a host of meals ranging from salads to sandwiches, they’re optimal to eat in summer and throughout the rest of the year.

Coconut water

Coconut Water
If you’re not exactly feeling regular water, maybe coconut water could do the trick. It’s said to have a whole slew of benefits including reducing blood pressure and helping with digestion. You can typically find coconut water in a variety of stores so it’s readily accessible and easy to fit right into a large purse or bag.

While it’s certainly a good idea to drink water and make sure you stay hydrated throughout the day, other drinks and food that you put in your body can also help the process. Think that you’re not as hydrated as you should be? Consider upping your hydration efforts for a few days and see if you notice a difference in how you feel. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact your doctor or nutritionist so you can formulate a plan to make sure all of your nutritional needs are met.