Cooling Foods for Summer Heat

Published on August 30, 2013 by

This is a guest post by Katherine Parent of Make Good Choices

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Did you know that when you’re feeling thirsty, it’s a sign that you’re already dehydrated? Keeping hydrated is so important for fighting the summer heat, and the good news is that there are other ways to get your water than a full glass of the wet liquid. Yes, there are some fruits and vegetables that pack a punch when it comes to hydration.

Top five hydrating foods

  1. Cucumbers – When you bite into a cucumber you can immediately feel the water content. This power-packed vegetable is full of vitamin C and potassium – important for electrolyte balancing in hydration, and is a great source of fibre to help your digestion.
  2. Tomatoes – There are so many varieties to choose from and they’re all full of water – about 95%! Tomatoes are high in lycopene – a powerful antioxidant, as well as vitamin C.
  3. Watermelon – From the delicious drips that fall off your chin, you already knew watermelon has a high water content – 92%, to be exact. It is also naturally sweet and contains lots of fibre, vitamins A, B6, B1 and C. Enjoy it by the slice or freeze it to make a cool, refreshing smoothie.
  4. Lettuce – Salad greens go a long way in keeping your body hydrated. They’re full of vitamins and minerals and that dehydration-fighting potassium. These great greens pack 95% water.
  5. Zucchini – Another hydrating vegetable, zucchinis have 95% water content as well, are high in minerals, and also contain vitamins A and C.

So when the heat is on this summer, drink your water but remember you can also count on these cool foods to keep you hydrated.

Katherine Parent is a graduate of the Institute of Holistic Nutrition in Toronto where she earned the designation of Certified Nutritional Practitioner with First Class Honours. She is also designated as a Registered Nutritional Orthomolecular Practitioner, RNCP/ROHP through the International Organization of Nutritional Consultants. Katherine practices in Barrie, Ontario. http://www.makegoodchoices.ca

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