9 Hydrating Foods: Don’t Just Drink Your Water, Eat Your Water
With the sun beating down in the summer months, it’s important to stay hydrated. (Want to know how much water you should really be drinking? Check out our guide.) But don’t limit yourself to sucking down glasses of water! There are other ways to stay hydrated and have increased energy to boot.
“Hydrating fruits and vegetables are packed with electrolytes like magnesium and potassium,” explains Dr. Josh Axe, D.N.M., C.N.S., D.C., founder of Ancient Nutrition and DrAxe.com, author of the best-selling books KETO DIET and COLLAGEN DIET, and host of the podcast, The Dr. Axe Show. “The body needs these nutrients to combat electrolyte imbalance, which aids hydration. Although drinking water alone is important, getting water from foods provides the nutrients you need to thrive, so it is also critical.”
Lisa Richards, nutritionist and author of The Candida Diet, notes that in cases of dehydration, getting water from food rather than drinking it plain could actually help you fight symptoms more quickly for this very reason.
“Electrolytes are essential to proper hydration as they keep the body’s pH balanced and are otherwise lost through sweat along with diarrhea, burns, and even kidney failure,” she explains. “Mild dehydration may be remedied through plain drinking water, but moderate dehydration requires potassium and sodium to be replaced. In this way, foods can be more hydrating than plain water.”
9 Hydrating Foods
These nine hydrating foods are perfect for summertime; not only will you be adding extra water to your diet, but you’ll be getting extra natural sugars for quick energy on draining, humid, hot days.
We love any food that feels like it’s helping us multi-task—so a meal that hydrates while providing essential nutrition is a win-win! Do you like to eat these foods on hot days, or after an intense workout or sauna sesh? Let us know your favorite hydrating food in the comments! For more healthy living ideas, make sure you’re signed up for our newsletter.
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