Foods That Help Hydrate from MediLodge of Yale

On a hot day, you know that a bottle of water is a must to stay healthy and hydrated. But eating certain foods can also help fight thirst while replenishing your body with vitamins and minerals. And make sure you know the warning signs of dehydration: dry mouth, decreased urination, sleepiness, headache and dizziness. To ward off dehydration, bring one of these snacks to the beach or enjoy a fruit or vegetable salad for lunch, then avoid the foods below that can dry you up.

Hydrating FoodsMediLodge of Yale

Strawberries: These in-season fruits are 91% water and contain folate and vitamin C.

Oranges: At 87% water content, oranges are hydrating and full of healthy vitamin C.

Iceberg lettuce: This lettuce is made up of 96% water, but it’s lacking in the nutrient department. You can try mixing it up with darker green lettuces, like romaine and spinach, for an interesting and varied salad that packs plenty of vitamins.

Cooked squash: Work squash into a yummy dinner stir-fry to gain the hydrating benefits of this 94% water vegetable.

Dehydrating Foods

Ice cream: Any food full of simple sugars, such as ice cream and candy bars, dehydrates the body because of the amount of water the body uses to break down those sugars. So if you’re strolling down the boardwalk with an ice cream cone, make sure you have your water bottle with you, too!

Nuts: A Planters mix might not be the best beach snack. Peanuts are only 2% water, and they contain protein, which has been found to dehydrate the body.

Alcohol: You probably know this one! Alcohol is a diuretic, meaning it makes you urinate more frequently, which can lead to dehydration. To keep thirst at bay, and potentially avoid a nasty hangover, drink one glass of water after every alcoholic drink you have in an evening.

Infused water is a great way to refresh that glass of water. How about a ice smoothie or fruit smoothie. Iced Tea. Add ice in a blender. Add lemon if you like. There are many flavored teas out there: peach ginger is one of my “flavorites.” Chill and add ice. So pour a nice cool glass of that H2O and chill out this summer. Stop in the office for some infused water recipes.

From the desk of Charlene Wheaton CDM and Chef Bob, MediLodge of Yale

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