Staying Hydrated with Nutrition

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With summer in full swing and Florida’s average temperatures on the rise, it’s important to stay hydrated.
The key, of course, is to drink plenty of water. But how much water do you really need each day?
 
Dr. Brent Baldasare and many other healthcare professionals recommend consuming at least half your body weight in ounces of water per day. For example, someone who weighs 200 pounds should aim to drink 100 ounces of water each day. What you may be surprised to learn, however, is that there are plenty of alternatives to plain old water that can help you reach your water intake goals, like fruits and vegetables.

An excellent choice to help you stay hydrated also happens to be a summertime favorite! Watermelons are about 92% water, and are high in electrolytes like sodium, magnesium, and calcium. These majorly refreshing re-hydrators are also great sources of vitamins, antioxidants and lycopene, which can support a healthy heart and healthy bones.

Other fruits and vegetables with a high water content include: cucumber, pineapple, celery, tomatoes, kiwi, carrots, bell peppers, and even cauliflower and broccoli. Consider adding these foods to your summer menu to stay hydrated despite the Florida heat.

We all know that sweating can cause your body to dehydrate, but it can also deplete your body of essential electrolytes. Hydrating with foods like cucumber and watermelon can help you combat electrolyte depletion, but if you’re still cramping or feeling fatigued, you may need to boost your intake.

Coconut water is a wonderful choice when it comes to elevating your electrolyte levels in a flash. This nutrient-dense water also contains a variety of minerals and vitamins that can help promote overall health and well-being. It is always best to consume coconut water directly from the source: from the heart of a young green coconut. If you’re shopping for bottled coconut water instead, make sure to look for a minimally processed, additive-free, organic coconut water like Harmless Harvest®.
 
Not sure where to start? Don’t sweat it, we’ve got you covered! Here are a few of our favorite healthy and hydrating summer recipes from Nutrition Stripped: Heirloom Tomato and Watermelon Salad, Golden Coconut Smoothie, and Simply Infused Water.
Heirloom Tomato and Watermelon Salad
Golden Coconut Smoothy
Simply Infused Water

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