Your body is made up of up to 75% water, with blood containing 92% water, bones containing 22% and muscles containing 75% water. So there is no doubt that staying hydrated throughout the entire day is vital to our health and well-being. But as the temperature and your activity levels rise, you can become dehydrated a lot more quickly than you think. If you’re in need for some extra hydration this summer, here are some surprising ways, aside from drinking water, of course, that you didn’t know that can help keep you hydrated throughout the day.
Another common belief is that salt can make you thirsty and dehydrated. This is true when consuming foods and beverages with a high sodium content from processed and refined salt or table salt. There are more nutritious, unprocessed versions of salt which are gaining popularity that prove to have many health benefits for the body, including keeping it hydrated. That’s right! Popular among athletes, this tactic is called “hyperhydration”. This tasteless trick requires just a pinch of Himalayan or sea salt which can provide the body with up to 84 minerals necessary to retain water in the skin and organs which would normally be excreted. These minerals also help to replenish electrolytes during exercise, making it a healthy alternative to sugary sport drinks.
Nutrition Note: The added trace minerals have all been shown to have multiple benefits to the body; this includes improving sleep, improving skin health and bone health, and detoxification.
You may have heard that coffee causes dehydration because it is a known diuretic. But a 2014 study showed that drinking a moderate amount of coffee per day did not contribute to dehydration, and drinking a cup of coffee each day did not affect hydration levels at all. The study further found that a cup of coffee can be just as hydrating as a glass of water, as it contributes to the same amount of fluid intake. However, due to the caffeine content, coffee is a beverage that you should enjoy in moderation. So this summer, you’re in luck, because now you can cool down and enjoy that refreshing glass of homemade iced coffee you’ve been craving to beat the heat.
Nutrition Note: To make your own iced coffee in minutes, simply blend a fresh cup of coffee and milk of your choice in a blender with a cup of crushed ice. Sweeten to taste.
We get most of the water our body needs from eating fruits and vegetables throughout the day, and many of your favourite foods do contain enough water to keep you hydrated: Strawberries (92% water), pineapple (87% water), watermelon (92% water), cucumber (95% water), and blueberries (85% water), to name a few. Aside from the water content that many of these foods provide, they also provide the body with necessary nutrients to keep the body functioning optimally. If you’re looking for a meal to cool you down on a hot day, why not give soup a try?
Gazpacho is a soup served chilled and often made with raw ingredients that can easily be made by blending an array of some of your favourite hydrating fruits or vegetables then seasoned to be sweet or spicy, just like a warm bowl of soup. Give this 15- minute recipe a try for a delicious hydrating meal everyone will enjoy when the temperature rises.
2 cups seedless watermelon, diced
2 large tomatoes, diced
1 lime, juiced
¼ cup olive oil
2 Tbsp minced red onion
1/2 cucumber, peeled and diced
Salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
In a blender, puree the watermelon and tomatoes. Add the olive oil, lime juice, red onion and cucumber and puree until smooth. Serve in chilled soup bowls and enjoy!
Which one of these hydrating options will you try next? Let us know in the comments below!