Eating Your Water? You Bet!
By Donna Stark
Are you constantly fighting fatigue and low energy? Does your skin feel dry and itchy? Do you experience headaches or muscle cramps? If you do, you may be dehydrated! Getting enough water in your body is key to staying safe and healthy, and thankfully, for those who don't like the taste, the key to staying hydrated can include more than just drinking it. You can actually eat your water, too! Here are a few summer-friendly options that will provide some extra hydration to your days.
Don't be worried about maintaining your weight while eating more to increase your hydration. Just buy some watermelons. Since watermelons are one of the most hydrating fruits you can eat, are low in calories, and can help to reduce appetite, they are a great addition to any summer meal!
These sweet little berries can certainly pack a punch when it comes to hydration ... nearly equal to that of the watermelon ... but that's not all! Strawberries are also a great source of fiber, antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals. Add more to your diet by topping your oatmeal, yogurt, and spinach salads with them.
Hit your local farmers market or produce section at the grocery store and grab yourself some cantaloupes! This flavorful melon is a great choice to snack on, but what really sets it apart is that it also travels well. They are the perfect snack to bring on hikes and to those afternoon beach trips since they provide such a significant amount of water.
Just because it is summer doesn't mean you can't enjoy a good bowl of soup. Soups with a clear broth are very hydrating because their base is primarily made up of what? You guessed it. Water! Have a small bowl in place of a salad before your meals or consider having it for your main course!
You're in luck if you like soy milk because it is naturally high in water and is a great choice when you want to drink something other than water. On top of that, many varieties are fortified with calcium and Vitamin D.
Benefits of Eating Your Water
If you want to feel fuller for longer, increase your intake of vitamins and minerals, and reduce those symptoms of dehydration you are experiencing, eat your water! And just to be on the safe side too, try to drink some more as well. Your body will thank you for it!
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