Foothill’s Urogynecology Suggests Staying Hydrated This Summer

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With summer here, there are increased summer temperatures and outdoor activities, resulting in increased water loss. Staying hydrated this summer is essential for an energetic spirit and a healthy and active lifestyle.

The most popular summer foods include fruits and veggies. These foods provide the nutrients and hydration you need to get through the summer heat.

This time of year, grocery stores are providing a wider selection, farmer markets are available and people are growing fruits and veggies in their backyard. The access to freshly grown foods are vast; now is the time to take advantage of them.

Fruits and veggies contain hydrating salts, sugars and minerals. The Naples study even found fruits and veggies are more effective at hydrating than water or isotonic sports drinks.

These foods lower in fat and calories and easy to digest, will leave you feeling fresh and light on your feet. Foothills Urogynecology recommends having fruits and veggies with a protein to help keep your blood sugar levels balanced.

Foothills Urogynecology suggest trying some of these fruits and veggies composed mostly of water to stay hydrated.

  • Watermelon
  • Strawberries
  • Cantaloupe
  • Peaches
  • Oranges
  • Cucumbers
  • Lettuce
  • Zucchini
  • Grapefruit
  • Cabbage
  • Carrots
  • Peppers
  • Asparagus

Adding a few of these, such as asparagus or strawberries to your salad or meal will give you the extra water your body needs. Even cutting up a few strawberries or cucumbers and putting them in your water can help further hydrate you and add flavor to your water intake.

Good hydration supports digestion, healthy kidneys and a healthy blood pressure. Without good hydration, you may feel tired, irritable or dizzy. 

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