One of the hardest things for me to do over the summer is staying hydrated. You’re probably thinking, ” that’s so simple, hydration is so easy!” but with all the barbecues, water parks, pools, plenty of outdoor fun and even work, stopping to have a drink is an afterthought.
60% of our adult bodies are made up of water. Water plays many roles in the function of our body, here are a few: According to the USGS (science for a changing world) website:
- Water regulates body temperature through sweating and respiration
- Flushes body waste
- Forms saliva
- The carbohydrates and proteins that our bodies use as food are metabolized and transported by water in the blood stream
So you can see that without proper hydration, we’re hindering our bodily functions. If you’re not a fan of plain water, here are three of the many ways to get hydrated:
- Most fruits and vegetables have hydrating properties but just to name a few: Strawberries, Cantaloupe, Pineapple, oranges, raspberries, celery, green peppers, tomatoes, eggplant, cauliflower, and zucchini.
- Try out some Melon purees: Cut up Cantaloupe, Watermelon or Honeydew into cubes and blend w/ juice or water until finely blended. Once blended, refrigerate/freeze and enjoy. (You can also add fresh ginger, strawberries, lime, and cucumbers to make the combination of your choice more refreshing).
- Coconut water provides you with some electrolytes and has an overly refreshing taste. A squeeze of lime can be added to enhance the flavor also.
Happy Hydration Folks!
About The Guest Blogger
Alesha Johnson hails from Bermuda and who had no intentions of becoming an RD, until she had come to University. However, nutrition and cooking had always been a talent of hers and would play a large part of her decision to become a future RD.