Intense summers are not new in the Capital. In the everyday grind, we tend to forget to take care of ourselves and fall prey to sunstrokes, dehydration, tiredness, clammy skin, headaches, dizziness and nausea. In some cases, chronic dehydration can even become fatal.
While drinking water is important for hydration, some of our daily water intake also comes from our diet, in other words, the food we eat.
"Our body needs to be hydrated at all times because 80% of it is made up of water which is essential to give life to the cells in our body," said city-based macrobiotic nutritionist and health practitioner Shilpa Arora.
"Dehydration can lead to water retention, swelling, damage to your kidneys and even affect your liver. Dehydration can cause many health problems and so it is better to take all preventive measures. To quench their thirst people sometimes resort to drinking aerated drinks that contain soda which can aggravate dehydration. These drinks also contain acids that tend to absorb all our body's moisture," Arora added.
Instead, she recommended that we add the following fruits and vegetables to our daily diet to remain hydrated at all times and avoid dehydration.
Here are 7 fruits and vegetables that may help:
Hydrate and replenish your skin with fresh cucumbers. In addition to containing 95% water, cucumbers are rich in anti-inflammatory compounds that help remove waste from the body and reduce skin irritation.
Tip: Freeze cucumber slices and place them on the skin under your eyes for 10-15 minutes to relieve redness and puffiness.
No surprises here — “water” is in the name, after all. Watermelon flesh contains 91% water. This summer treat also contains abundant lycopene, which can help protect cells from sun damage.
This cooling salad favourite is 93% water. Throw some juicy and red slices of tomatoes in your salad or just eat them raw with a sprinkle of pepper and sea salt.
The nutrition value of lettuce is high because of its antioxidant properties. These fresh green leaves can be lightly sautéed or eaten raw. You can even blend them to make a green juice.
These tasty summer melons are sweet and refreshing. You can enjoy a few slices raw, sprinkle some over your breakfast cereal or even blend them into a quick shake with milk or yoghurt. Muskmelons are also rich in potassium, helping regulate your blood pressure.
Cottage cheese is an evergreen trend in the health and fitness world for its ability to make one feel satiated. This is because it is 80% water, which is why it has a liquid-like texture. A dairy product is great to eat when you're dehydrated.
Cottage cheese also provides a good source of calcium and protein. The high water content and high protein ingredients in cottage cheese makes one feel satiated, faster.
Blackberries, which are 88% water, can be a hydrating snack when paired with something like plain yoghurt or added to a smoothie. Blackberries are packed with vitamins C and K as well as high in fibre.
Stay healthy, hydrated, and safe!