Today, 6/27/2018, Oz gives us a list of foods that are hydrating during these sweltering hot months of summer. Many people just don’t like the taste of plain water and find it hard to drink. If you are trying to up your H2O intake but struggling to make a dent in your water bottle each day, there’s no need to worry. There is no shortage of fresh fruit and vegetables that are just begging to be eaten in the sweltering summer months. With the help of dietitian at Lifespan Medicine, Rachel Swanson, MS, RD, LDN, we’ve compiled a list of the most hydrating picks from the produce aisle to help you make the right choice. Heading out to the grocery store? Pick up these foods and eat them every day.
Foods that are packed with water and the percentage of water they contain
- Cucumbers– 97.9%
- Casaba Melon-91.8%
- Summer Squash-96.0%
About 20 percent of your daily water intake comes from fruits and vegetables. Eating fruits and vegetables with a high water content can help you reach your hydration goals and meet your recommended nutrient intake simultaneously – an easy, win-win situation!
The amount of water you should drink every day is influenced by various factors including the environment, how much physical activity you perform, and how much food you eat. If you’re a generally healthy person, drinking too much water isn’t much of a concern. The important point to remember is to drink enough water throughout the day to keep your body functioning optimally. To help you along the way, add these nutritious fruits and vegetables to your diet on a regular basis. This is vital for children who are outside playing, involved in sports, and workers who are forced to endure these high temperatures.
A simple and effective way to monitor a child’s hydration status is to check the color of his or her urine. Light yellow urine indicates adequate hydration while darker urine indicates dehydration. You can also weigh your child before and after activity. Any weight loss as a result of activity would indicate water loss, which should be replaced. If they’re a little dehydrated, their lips may be dry and their mouth may feel a bit gummy or sticky. With increased dehydration come shakiness, headaches, and stomachache.
Water is usually the best choice for overall hydration. Your child may prefer sports drinks like Gatorade or Propel, but the benefits of sports drinks over plain water is minimal. Also, most sports drinks contain sugar, which will add to your kid’s daily calorie intake, and some contain caffeine.
Sixty percent of your body is made up of water, therefore it needs water to function properly — so making sure you are hydrated throughout the day is important. Try putting lemon or lime slices in your water to make it more appealing.
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