We all need fluid to function. Water is a key ingredient in blood, lymph and sweat. It also aids digestion, cushions our joints and tissues and helps us regulate body temperature. In fact, over half of our body weight is nothing but water.
Sometimes staying hydrated can be a really challenging. Any activity outdoors during the heat of the day can not only drain your water levels but sweating will result in loss of electrolytes essential to keeping hydration levels up. IV vitamin therapy is a great way to replenish lost fluid and electrolytes; in fact, our Rehydrate IV is specially designed to do just that!
Now that sun is out and the heat is on what can you do to stay hydrated? Here are 8 simple ways that you can enjoy the heat and stay on top of your hydration this summer:
- Watermelon: In the world of thirst quenchers, watermelon weighs in as a major contender. Based on its name, it’s no surprise this fruit is made up of 92 percent water! But its salt, calcium and magnesium are what makes it ideal for rehydration, according to a 2009 study at the University of Aberdeen Medical School. The summertime staple is also a good source of potassium, vitamin A and vitamin C.
- Celery: This often-overlooked veggie is way more than chicken wing garnish! Celery stalks are about 95 percent water, high in fiber and rich in minerals including potassium and vitamin K.
- Cucumbers: No matter how you slice and dice them, cucumbers keep cool at the top three on the list of waterlogged fruits and vegetables. At 96 percent water, cukes have no saturated fat or cholesterol, and are very high in vitamin K, vitamin B6 and iron.
- Strawberries: Even without the shortcake, strawberries are a sweet treat perfect for staying hydrated. They are 92 percent water (the most of any berry) and are loaded with fiber and vitamin C — as if you needed an excuse to sip on this refreshing summer cocktail!
- Lettuce: Iceberg lettuce may be 96 percent water, but it’s not known for much else in the nutrition department. Richer salad greens and sandwich toppers including butterhead, romaine and spinach are more well rounded choices and still up your hydration.
- Lemon (or any citrus fruit): Lemon’s benefits extend beyond it’s deliciously bittersweet taste. Lemon oozes vitamin C, an important nutrient for the body’s connective tissue, from collagen to bones to skin. It also helps to reduce stress and potentially guards against cancer. This goes for oranges, grapefruits, and limes, too. Try a different citrus fruit each day of the week!
- Coconut water (in a more convenient form): Coconut water is touted for its potassium, electrolytes and trace ionic minerals, a tasty way to stay hydrated!
- IV Vitamin Therapy: If you are struggling with hydration or know you will be spending time in the heat an IV vitamin drip packed with replenishing electrolytes, vitamins and essential amino acids will get you back on track in less than an hour. Before an event try our Go the Distance IV to give your body the pre workout nutrients it needs to help stay hydrated. After your activity replenish your losses with our super hydrating Rehydrate drip!