Hydration is even more important during the hot summer. Check out these all natural kings of hydration!
I have had tons of clients over the years who just can’t seem to make themselves drink enough water throughout the day. I have heard ALL the excuses. “I don’t have time to drink water at work”, “I don’t like the way water tastes” and even “I drink sweet tea throughout the day and it is made up of water; I don’t need to drink extra.” If you have your own excuses for not drinking enough water during the day, let me tell you what I told my clients: “You can always find a way to have water in the day. There are many companies that make bags and bottles that can be strapped onto your body, so that it can be toted around for easy access and convenience. If you don’t like how water tastes, add in some fruit for flavor. Lastly, sweet tea is not a hydrator and since it is packed full of sugar, it will cause weight gain – unlike plain water.”
It never fails, people will always find an excuse. So I have listed some foods that naturally supply you with hydration. Take a look to see if you have been receiving hydration from some of your favorite foods without even knowing it!
The name really says it all! By having the word “water” in its name, it is pretty self-explanatory in terms of what makes up this food. Did you know that each bite of watermelon is made up of about 92% water? That sounds like a food that is definitely packed full of hydration. Not to mention, its summer time! Who doesn’t love a good, sweet watermelon on a hot and sunny day?
This cool and crisp vegetable is filled to the brim with hydration. Did you know that cucumbers are made up of 95% water? The next time you decide you want to eat a healthy snack and know that you haven’t met your water goal for the day, choose a cucumber. Not only will you be nourishing yourself with a healthy, vitamin and mineral filled snack, but you are getting hydrated as well!
Just like cucumbers, coconuts are 95% water. If you have ever traveled to a beach out of the country, you may have been offered a green coconut with its top chopped off with a straw inserted. The locals know that straight from the tree as it falls, young green coconuts pack quite the hydration punch. Another plus about coconut water – it has less than 1% of fat in it!
Are any of these hydration kings a reoccurring food source in your diet? If so, you are already ahead of the game! That’s great! If not, it is not too late to add them onto your daily menu. Give them a try and I promise you will be helping yourself out more than you know!