Now that the end of May is just a few days away that means summer is right around the corner. That being said, people here in Baton Rouge, LA are going to start feeling the heat. With the temperature on a steady incline, the need for you to pay closer attention to your hydration levels increases as well.
Well, let us explain.
We hear about it every year; people experiencing frequent and persistent headaches, exhaustion despite getting enough sleep the night before, and even a few fainting spells. All of these things can de distractions if your everyday life and if you aren’t careful could land you in a world of hurt that might have otherwise been prevented. How?
Simply by staying properly hydrated.
A large portion of emergency room visits during the summer can be attributed in some way to dehydration. However, we understand that not everyone has the attention span to drink a gallon of water on the hottest summer days. This doesn’t mean that you can’t stay on top of your hydration.
You can do so by snacking.
Yes, that’s right. We said snacking. Here’s how;
Eat Some Water to Help Keep Yourself Healthy
Many people understand that one of the best ways to keep your body up and running in the face of scorching summer temperatures is to keep drinking plenty of clear liquids. While this is all well and true, it’s not the only way.
You can eat your way to proper hydration, too.
The Institute of Medicine states that up to twenty percent of the fluid our bodies take in during the day should be absorbed via the food we eat. Items like soups and oatmeal are great examples of something both edible and full of enough water to be considered hydrating.
Unfortunately, with reports stating that we are in for one of the hottest summers on record, the idea of gulping down a steaming bowl of soup on a scorching day does not sound entirely appetizing. Fear not, though, dear readers, for there is another way.
Fresh fruits and veggies!
Many fresh fruits and veggies actually contain more water than anything else. While they may all still have various vitamins and minerals that keep our bodies going strong, the main component in their structure is often times water. Take strawberries for instance – chock full of vitamin C and fiber, but are made of 92 percent water.
So, what other fruits and veggies help keep you hydrated best? We have a list right here for you!
Snack on These Items for an Energizing and Refreshing Boost to Your Day
Here are a few more of the most hydrating fruits and veggies;
- Cucumbers – 96 percent water.
- Lettuce – Up to 96 percent water with a varying spectrum of vitamins depending on the variety you are munching on.
- Celery – Not just for people on diets. Celery is made up of an impressive 96 percent water.
- Watermelon – 92 percent water and naturally occurring electrolytes.
Now, by snacking on the above-mentioned items, you can both avoid having to remind yourself to take a gulp of water every three minutes and still manage to help yourself stay hydrated and hopefully out of the emergency room. Talk about a tasty bit of useful information.
Of course, no amount of fruit or vegetables can ever replace water, and we wouldn’t want you to think that’s what we’re suggesting. However, this summer, while you are outside in the scorching sun playing with your family or working on the house, reach for a slice o0f watermelon of you are feeling hungry and ditch the chips. We will all come out the other side feeling a little better for having done so.
Until next time readers, remember that hydration is key to staying safe this summer, and Godspeed.
Following graduation from Loyola Law School in New Orleans in 1990, Price McNamara served as a Federal Judicial Law Clerk to the Honorable John M Shaw, Chief Judge, United States District Court Western District of Louisiana.
Mr. McNamara founded the Law Offices of J. Price McNamara, and began putting his past experience to work for the injured and disabled clients he now represents against the insurance companies in personal injury and long term disability and other insurance disputes in both federal and state courts