Due to the heat index with temperatures feeling well over 100 degrees these days, it’s crucial that you keep your body hydrated not only with water, but also with foods which have high water content.  According to nutrition expert Keri Glassman, munching certain raw veggies and fruits will help you beat the heat as well. Please see below for her recommended foods packed with good old H20.  Another hot-weather tip: you should drink up to 12 glasses of fluids daily as the mercury rises.  Your body is two-thirds water so it is important to replenish those fluids lost.  This is especially the case while you are exercising as you will lose more than 10 cups of water during sweating.

To prevent signs of dehydration such as nausea, headache, dizziness and fatigue, incorporate the following foods into your diet:

Fruits:

Watermelon – 91%

Strawberries – 91%

Grapefruit – 91%

Cantaloupe – 90%

Honeydew melon – 90%

Oranges – 87%

Apples – 86%

Rasperries – 86%

Blueberries – 84%

Kiwis – 83%

VEGETABLES – try to have them raw on these days as you will lose some water content as you cook them

Tomatoes – 95%

Lettuce – 95%

Celery – 95%

Bok Choy – 94%

Bell Pepper – 93%

Cabbage – 92%

Spinach – 91%

Carrots – 88%

Cut down or eliminate all diuretics and fill up on coconut water which contain a lot of potassium or gatorade to replenish electrolytes.  Water should be your main choice of hydration though.

Bon apetit!

Cindy Lai Fitness