The Best Foods to Hydrate You After a Hot Bank Holiday Weekend

We all know that we should be drinking a swimming pool equivalent of water a day, okay, only 2 litres but sometimes it does feel that way. Let’s just admit it, drinking that much water everyday can get a little tedious and even though we know hydration is critical for our well-being - especially after a bank holiday weekend of boozing in the heat - it is easy to put off or ignore our duty to hydration.

But, if we give in to temptation we will become dehydrated and that can result in some serious health consequences I know we would all rather avoid. According to experts, the first signs of dehydration include dull, dry skin, dry eyes, dark yellow urine, dizziness, headaches, and cramping.

That is the bad news.

The good news is that it’s not just water that contains, well, water. And did you know that if we simply just relied on gaining our daily water intake from drinking pure water we would actually have to drink 3 additional litres of water a day to stay properly hydrated.

So where does the extra water intake come from? Water-rich food. Here is a list of the most hydrating foods - and why you should definitely be including them in your diet. Especially after a long hot weekend in the beer garden:


1.Watermelon

According to specialists many fruits and vegetables, such as watermelon and spinach (number 2), are almost 100 percent water by weight. Lucky for us, watermelon is also tasty, cooling, and in season during the summer.

If you're not into eating watermelon alone, try adding some mint, feta, olive oil, and salt and pepper to make it into a salad.

 

2. Spinach

Research has shown that about 20 percent of our daily fluid intake usually comes from food and the rest from drinks. A great way to get plenty of water in your diet is through leafy greens like spinach, which are also close to 100% water by weight. Luckily, spinach is also high in magnesium—and plenty of other important vitamins and minerals as well.

 

3. Cucumber

Is there anything better than a cucumber water in the summer? Cucumber has natural cooling properties that pack a punch against overheating and dehydration. At 95.2% water, eating just one cucumber a day could get you a lot closer to hitting your hydration goals. If you're looking to start your day off on a healthy note, try it in a juice first thing in the morning.

 

4. Strawberries

It's thought that strawberries are as much as 92% water, which means they're the perfect addition to your summer routine. Bonus: One study also showed that strawberry consumption decreased atherosclerosis markers in individuals with metabolic syndrome. They're an all-around healthy food and the perfect topping for yogurt or smoothie bowl.

 

5. Oranges

You get 156 grams of water for every 180 grams of orange you eat, which means they're about 85% water by weight. Oranges make the perfect on-the-go snack. They're also high in immune-boosting vitamin C, which makes them the perfect food to bring with you when you travel.