Staying hydrated can prove to be a challenge for some people. According to the old rule of thumb, we’re supposed to drink eight glasses of water each day. Drinking the recommended amount of fluids each day may cause some people to feel bloated and uncomfortable. That uncomfortable feeling may cause some people to avoid ingesting the recommended amount of fluids. However, it still is very important for us to maintain adequate hydration in order for our body to function optimally.
Roughly 20 percent of our daily water intake comes from solid foods, especially fruits and vegetables. With that in mind, we don’t have to drink all of our fluids, we can eat some of them!
15 Top Hydrating Foods and their Percentage of Water Content:
Cucumbers: 96.7%, Iceberg Lettuce: 95.6%, Celery: 95.4%, Radishes: 95.3%, Tomatoes: 94.5%, Green Peppers: 93.9%, Cauliflower: 92.1%, Watermelon: 91.4%, Spinach: 91.4%, Star Fruit: 91.4%, Strawberries: 91.0%, Broccoli: 90.7%, Grapefruit: 90.5%, Baby Carrots: 90.4%, Cantaloupe: 90.2%
Consider These Fun Options to Keep Hydrated:
• Eating Jell-O, sorbet, yogurt smoothies, frozen grapes, applesauce, popsicles, coconut water, shaved snow cones, cold summer soups such as gazpacho, cucumber soup and chilled summer borscht.
• Adding fresh herbs such as mint or rosemary and fruit such as orange, lemon or lime makes for a very refreshing glass of water! A slice of cucumber imparts a unique flavor to water, too.
• Serving food with a sauce can also improve your fluid intake. Vegetable or fruit salsas are very high in water content, too. Making instant cereals with water instead of milk is a great way to “sneak” in more hydration.
• Experimenting with flavoring water and seltzer.
Nutrition and hydration is a big part of the overall care plan to keep you healthy. Let us assist you with exploring and preparing some of these creative hydration options!