Learn how you can use a fork or spoon to help get the fluid you need on hot summer days
By: Denise Zingale Travis, CPT / D’MAZ Lifestyle Salon (216) 292-HAIR (4247)
Think hydration – and you probably think water, the body’s essential fluid. But did you know you can eat your H2O too? That’s when you choose foods that are high in water content. Some varieties of fruit and veggies are more than 85 percent water. On hot summer days, these foods, along with other fluids can help you stay hydrated. And there’s a bonus – Water-rich fruits and veggies can also help replace key minerals (electrolytes) which your body sheds when you sweat.
Enjoy a thirst-quenching menu ~ When the temperature rises, make a splash in your daily diet with these tasty ideas:
Super salads ~ Watermelon, oranges, tomatoes, cantaloupe, berries, celery and cucumbers salads are all flush with fluid. These water-rich foods make great low-calorie snacks too!
Berry-delicious smoothies. Add berries — fresh or frozen — to low-fat milk, almond or coconut milk. For healthy smoothie recipe ideas: http://www.eatingwell.com/recipes_menus/collections/healthy_smoothie_recipes
Summer salsas. These can be made from vegetables, fruits or a combination of both. Enjoy your favorite variety as a snack — dip into it with cut-up veggies or whole-grain pita chips. Or top grilled fish or chicken with it. Have a sweet tooth? Give orange or pineapple salsa a try.
Chilled soups ~ You can serve these as a light meal – or as an appetizer or dessert. Here are three cool and soothing options:
Vichyssoise. This creamy French classic is made with pureed potatoes and leeks. To keep it on the healthful side, use low-fat, low-sodium chicken broth. For an even creamier soup, stir in a little plain low-fat yogurt or low-fat sour cream.
More hints on hydration
Perhaps you’re wondering, How much water do I need? Maybe you’ve heard it should be eight glasses a day. Actually, there’s no set amount that’s right for everyone.* Staying hydrated is important though so don’t wait until you are thirsty. Carry a refillable water bottle with you and sip from it throughout the day. (Be sure to wash your water bottle daily.)
Bored with the same old water supply? Give it a twist with one of these infused waters you can make at home.
Remember, heat can be a hazard
To learn more about safety in hot weather, visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website at cdc.gov. You can also check the weather and heat index in your area and see heat advisories at www.weather.gov. In hot weather, do keep an especially close eye on older people, people with health conditions and young children and make sure they stay hydrated. They’re at the highest risk of heat-related illness.
D’MAZ Salon Disclaimer: This article is provided solely for general information only. *Hydration needs can vary based on health conditions you have and medications you’re taking. It is in no way intended to diagnose, treat, or cure any type of health issues or problems and should not be depended upon as a substitute for any consultations with qualified health professionals. Always consult your doctor before beginning or changing any diet or exercise programs.