If advice to drink more water falls on deaf ears for you because you just don’t enjoy the taste of water or you always forget to pack a water bottle, you don’t have to suffer from dehydration as a result. You can seek more water from other sources—primarily from foods containing a higher percentage of water content. Incidentally, the selection of produce available in the summer season is packed with hydrating choices, so try incorporating more of these into your diet to get the hydration you need.
If you’ve ever bitten into a fresh blueberry, strawberry, or raspberry and had brightly colored juice burst out of the fruit, you can see how these fruits make a hydrating option. It’s currently the peak of berry season, so pick up a few pints at your grocery store or farmer’s market. If berries aren’t your preference, peaches, nectarines, and pears are also juicy, flavorful options at the height of their harvest season.
Celery has a reputation for its high-water content, but it doesn’t offer much by way of flavor, and some find the texture less than desirable. Radishes have just about as much water as celery, but they offer a delightful peppery kick, making them a perfect addition to any salad or a great choice for dipping in hummus or guacamole.
Zucchini contain more than 90% water, and they are one of the most versatile summer vegetables. You can easily marinate zucchini spears to throw in the oven or on the grill, spiralize them for a low-carb pasta substitute, or bread and bake them for a healthier alternative to French fries.
An orange or grapefruit might be a good start to your day, especially if you choose the whole fruit rather than just juice. When you eat whole fruits, you’ll not only get plenty of water, but you will have the benefit of added fiber and pure nutrients straight from the source.
If you aren’t getting enough water and feel the symptoms of dehydration coming on, connect with MeMD for immediate, convenient treatment.