Beating the Heat: Foods that Hydrate
What are the foods that can help hydrate?
The thing about summer is that it’s a beautiful season to simply enjoy, say, a wedding catering at the beach. When it comes to weddings during the summer, having time for swimming is a fresh alternative to keep cool while enjoying the summer with friends and family. However, summer is also infamous for its scorching heat especially when for the people who live near the equator.
One of the number one reported summer related incidents are heatstroke related. Literally speaking, heatstroke is the condition that is onset with fever and is often accompanied by loss of consciousness. This happens when the body’s thermoregulatory system fails due to extreme heat. The inverse of heatstroke is hypothermia and is caused by extremely low temperatures.
Having fun under the sun is an experience that is often happy. Done with friends or family, summer fun doesn’t necessarily have to be less fun due to fear of heat stroke. In fact, one of the many ways of staying hydrated during the summer is extremely fun – and most importantly, tasty.
Listed here are examples of food that can help beat the heat:
Similar to the human body, majority of watermelons are made up of water. They are characterized by their uniquely red meat filled with seeds and sweet water. Watermelons are made up of sodium, calcium and magnesium and these are essential ingredients in keeping the body optimally hydrated.
Similar to watermelons, celery is a vegetable that is mostly made up of water. While it isn’t jam-packed with nutrients, it is however extremely light on calories, making it the ideal snack to keep fit and hydrated during the summer.
Like the previous entries, cucumbers are made up mostly of water. Unlike celeries, however, cucumbers are filled with vitamin K, vitamin B6 and iron making it a perfect accompaniment to sweet hydrating fruits like watermelons.
Boasting the highest water count among berries, strawberries are jam-packed with fiber and vitamin C. Fiber is known for helping digestion and vitamin C helps with overall maintenance of the body. They’re sweet, delicious and best of all, healthy.
Lettuce is arguably one of the most flexible vegetables on the planet. They’re good raw, they’re good cooked and they’re great paired with other fruits and vegetables. Lettuces are mostly made up of water and they are light in calories making them an ideal meal to substitute rice with, and work great with sandwiches and salads.
Studies show that milk is an ideal alternative to carbonated drinks and even specially formulated sports drinks. Milk contains the necessary vitamins and minerals that constitute a regular meal as well as the optimal hydration required for the human body. Milk is also a nice addition when making your own healthy shake, and gives it that extra creaminess.
Perhaps the most common type of fruit you’ll be seeing in warm tropical beaches across the world, the coconut is a fruit that is not only delicious, but hydrating as well. The inside of the coconut contains the meat of the fruit, along with some refreshing juice that is best when served cold. The best part is that you can drink the juice from the coconut itself! Coconut juice is also wonderful when served as part of a fruit shake, or even when you add some milk and sugar.
As the saying goes: “An apple a day, keeps the doctor away.”. Apples are not only healthy fruits that are delicious when added into a pie, it is also a frit that can keep you hydrated. Apples have high water content, which means each bite would give you a good amount of liquids to keep you refreshed.
The famous cartoon character, Popeye the Sailorman, is best known for getting stronger after eating a can of spinach. But little did Popeye know, that spinach is not only healthy, but it is also a nice food ingredient that can hydrate you as well. Spinach has high water content, and is a great ingredient to add when you are making some sandwiches, or garnishing some pasta. Spinach also gives you vitamins like vitamin E, potassium, and lutein, which makes it a great healthy option as well.
If you are looking for a light meal or snack that would be both healthy and refreshing, why not make a nice vegetable and fruit salad? Salads offer you a great amount of nutrition, thanks to the variety of food present. You can mix and match different fruits and vegetables, and see which combination of flavors taste the best. For added flavor and crunch, you can put some delicious salad dressing and some croutons for more variety.
If you want a sweet and creamy dessert that you can add some fruits, a cup of yogurt is the way to go. Plain yogurt contains around 85-88% water, while also containing some calcium and B vitamins. Yogurt is best served with fruits like berries, which give it some extra flavor and variety. This is also another healthy snack option apart from salads.
Can’t choose just one fruit or veggie from this list? Making a shake out of the fruits and vegetables on this list is a viable option too. The best part about shakes is that the person making the shake is in control of how much vitamins and minerals that he wants to consume in one sitting. Shakes are filling and light on the stomach as well as possessing the necessary kick to keep active people hydrated. There are many fruits and vegetable combinations to choose from, and you can even add milk to make it extra creamy.
There are many more fruits and vegetables that are good for staying hydrated under the summer sun. Coconuts are a good example of superfoods that not only fill but also hydrate. Having fun under the sun is great but it would be wise to keep in mind the importance of staying hydrated.
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