Ways to Stay Hydrated Beyond Drinking Water
During the hot summer months, it’s particularly important to pay attention to your body’s need for water. If you don’t replace the water you lose every day, you’ll become dehydrated and you may require emergency care at West Hills Hospital . Drinking water throughout the day is an effective and easy way to fuel your body. However, there are other hydration options that can complement your water intake, such as enjoying fresh summertime fruits and vegetables.
Enjoy a Slice of Watermelon
In many households, it’s a tradition to eat watermelon on the Fourth of July. However, eating this delicious fruit all summer long is a smart idea, given that it’s primarily made up of water. This means that not only is it low in calories, it can help you stay hydrated. Watermelon is also a good source of important nutrients such as vitamins A and C.
Eat a Salad
Meals that require little to no cooking are particularly appealing during the summer and making a large salad for lunch or dinner will help boost your water intake. Start with a bed of water-packed and nutrient-dense spinach, and then add some strawberries, sliced cucumber, and chopped celery, all of which have high water content. Complete your meal by topping off your salad with some marinated tofu strips or grilled chicken.
Make a Smoothie
Other beverages besides water will help you prevent dehydration this summer . Smoothies are an excellent way to stay hydrated while increasing your consumption of fresh fruits and veggies. Make your own smoothies to control your calorie intake. Puree your favorite fruit with some veggies such as spinach, and then blend in some low-fat or fat-free milk.
If you do suffer a heat-related illness this summer, you can find the emergency care you need at West Hills Hospital. Our emergency care team provides rapid evaluation and treatment of patients with serious medical conditions . West Hills residents are encouraged to call 911 for transportation to the hospital in an emergency situation. Otherwise, call our community hospital at (818) 676-4000 to inquire about our other service lines, including cancer care and maternity services.