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 youll probably be spending more time outdoors, which means youll need to stay hydrated to enjoy the pool, the park, the zoo or whatever fun activity you have plannedeven running errands requires adequate hydration.
Theres good news if water is not your favorite elixir; there are several ways to stay hydrated this summer that dont 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 doesnt 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 doesnt appeal to you on a hot summers day, Underhill suggests preparing gazpachoa Spanish soup traditionally served coldwhich 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 days hydration needs. According to Underhill, this fiber-rich breakfast food absorbs the liquidmilk or waterin 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 New Century BMW in Alhambra, California.