Drinking enough water during the day to keep your body functioning at its best is difficult. Work, family time and other responsibilities take up most of our attention, and the last person you probably focus on is yourself. “Drink enough water” is just one more thing on your never-ending to-do list.
But it needs to rise to the number one spot on your priority list, especially during the hot months of summer. The temperature is soaring, and you’ll probably be spending more time outdoors, which means you’ll need to stay hydrated to enjoy the pool, the park, the zoo or whatever fun activity you have planned—even running errands requires adequate hydration.
There’s good news if water is not your favorite elixir; there are several ways to stay hydrated this summer that don’t involve a water bottle or the tap.
Snacking on fruit is a sweet way to keep hydrated. According to Carina Wolff, Simplemost.com writer, watermelon and strawberries have the highest amount of water compared to other fruits. Grapefruit, cantaloupe and peaches are your next best options.
Veggies pack a water punch, too. According to FitnessMagazine.com writer Stephanie Dolgoff, 10 medium baby carrots equal 3 ounces of water, 1 cup of raw broccoli florets equals 2 ounces of water and 1 cup cooked and sliced zucchini equals 6 ounces of water. Wolff recommends adding water-rich spinach, kale and cucumber for a delicious and hydrating summer salad.
If a cup of coffee is part of your daily routine, you need not fret that your hydration will suffer. According to “US News & World Report” writer Allison Underhill, “coffee doesn’t cause fluid loss”; she adds that “your morning cup of Joe is 98 percent water, enough to leave you more hydrated than before.”
Pinkies out, because a cup of your favorite tea is a great source of hydration. Time.com writer Michelle Castillo cites research from the “European Journal of Clinical Nutrition” that reports tea offers the same hydration benefits of water, plus a dose of antioxidants.
Soup is usually reserved for winter or cold-weather days, but it is a perfect dish to help you hydrate this summer. According to Dolgoff, 1 cup of chicken noodle soup delivers 8 ounces of water. If a hot bowl of soup doesn’t appeal to you on a hot summer’s day, Underhill suggests preparing gazpacho—a Spanish soup traditionally served cold—which can be made with a variety of ingredients, including water-rich fruits such as cucumber and watermelon.
Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, and beginning your day with a bowl of oatmeal will kick start your day’s hydration needs. According to Underhill, this fiber-rich breakfast food absorbs the liquid—milk or water—in the cooking process, making it an excellent and hydration-positive meal. By adding hydrating strawberries or blueberries, you are eating the equivalent water content to a cucumber, reports Underhill.
Staying hydrated will help you have an incredible and active summer.
This article is presented by Colonial Honda of Dartmouth in N. Dartmouth, Massachusetts.