Across the USA, many people live in communities that are experiencing hot, dry weather. Staying well hydrated is always important, and even more so during the hot summer months. Obviously, drinking plenty of water is vital, but there is more to staying hydrated than just consuming liquids. Electrolytes work to direct water and other nutrients to the cells. Many foods contain water, nutrients and electrolytes and are very helpful in keeping you feeling your best and avoid the risks of dehydration.
Strawberries and other berries are primary water, but come with other nutrients the body craves, including flavonoids. Flavonoids are plant nutrients with antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, along with vitamins and minerals. Keep the berries you enjoy on hand as a treat for yourself or your children.
Watermelon is one of the best fruits to consume during hot, dry weather, as the fruit is 91 percent water. This popular melon also contains lycopene, a nutrient with antioxidant properties, which has been linked to heart health.
Cucumbers are 95 percent water and loaded with natural compounds that nourish and protect the skin and body systems.
This delicious melon provides hydration, along with potassium, an electrolyte that will help balance water content in the body.
Tomatoes are 95 percent water, a source of electrolytes, and a tasty addition to a salad, sandwich, fresh salsa, or sauce.
Crunchy iceberg lettuce can be used to replace bread as the foundation for a snack, in salads, or as a natural burger bun. Iceberg lettuce has a high water content, and contains vitamin A and vitamin K, along with potassium and folate (folic acid, or vitamin B9).
What are the Risks of Dehydration?
Severe hydration is very dangerous, and can result in serious health complications, including heatstroke. Other complications, which can affect both adults and children, is cerebral edema, a condition that occurs following dehydration. Once the person consumes water to restore hydration, the cells may absorb too much, swelling and bursting. Severe dehydration can lead to kidney failure, low blood volume, reducing blood pressure to a dangerous level. Other complications can include seizures.
What to Watch For: Signs of Dehydration
To maintain your health, watch for the first signs of dehydration, which include feeling thirsty, dizzy, lightheaded, tired, or dark-colored urine. Your body needs water and other nutrients, so if you feel thirsty, pass on the soda and drink water, and snack on nutrient-rich foods first. Soda is dehydrating, doing more harm than good.
Dehydration – When You Need to See A Doctor
If you or a family member has suffered severe dehydration, a visit to the emergency room is necessary. Your health insurance plan will not become one of your most important investments. If longer term treatment with hospitalization is needed, you want to ensure your health insurance coverage does the most for you. For help choosing the best health insurance for you, your family, and your budget, connect with one of our helpful, local agents.