Eight glasses of water a day will keep the hydration away - but so do your fruits and veggies!
Look out for your body's signs that it's dehydrated and quench your thirst with hydrating fruits and vegetables. Here's what you need to know:
Are you dehydrated?
Sometimes your body is obvious about its thirst with dry mouth, chapped lips, itchy throat or a longing desire for a cold glass of water. However, there are some hidden, often overlooked signs to watch out for as well:
Dry or itchy scalp
Much like chapped lips, a dry or flaky scalp can be a sign of dehydration.
Dehydration doesn't always mean dry skin. If your skin is shinier than normal, try drinking more water and keep your skin routine simple with gentle washing and moisturizing twice a day. Using harsh products to treat oil or acne-prone skin strips your complexion of its natural hydration, which can only make the problem worse.
Sometimes dehydration shows itself in your emotions. If you feel unusually moody, confused or unfocused, it may be your body telling you to up the hydration.
Keep hydrating until your pee is pale yellow! Dark, smelly urine is an indication of dehydration.
If no amount of toothpaste, mouthwash, mints or gum gets rid of unpleasant breath, drink a glass of water. When you're dehydrated, your mouth can't fight odor-causing germs effectively.
If your muscles don't get enough water, they may spasm or cramp during your next workout. If this happens, your muscles are telling you that your body is thirsty!
Lack of sweat
If you're not sweating as much as normal, it could be because your body is holding on to limited resources and it's time to refill with hydrating foods and liquids.
More than a dieting tactic to reduce calorie intake, drinking a glass of water can often reduce feelings of hunger. That's because sometimes your "hunger" is actually your body telling you it's thirsty. Joy McCarthy, holistic nutritionist and Genuine Health ambassador, told Reader's Digest Best Health that it's a good idea to drink two glasses of water between meals to stay hydrated and ensure you're actually hungry the next time your stomach grumbles.
Combat dehydration with fruits and veggies
Of course a glass of water is the the hero when it comes to saving your body from dehydration. However, with the right fruits and veggies, you can make sure your body stays hydrated in between gulps as well. That's because most produce has such a high water percentage that it adds to your fluid intake.
Add this fruity hydration to your diet:
Get your sweet fix with watermelon and strawberries, while also filling your body with the hydration it needs. If you're more of citrus person, tangy grapefruits have plenty of water to offer as well. Plus, according to Health magazine, they can also help lower cholesterol and shed inches from your waistline. Cantaloupe, lemons, pears, pineapple and star fruit will also help fight dehydration.
Stock up on hydrating veggies:
Cucumbers, celery, broccoli, iceberg lettuce and spinach are mostly water, so they're great for hydrating and replenishing your skin. Load up your salads with these green goddesses! For added color and hydration, top your salad with bell peppers, radishes, tomatoes, baby carrots and cauliflower.
While some fruits and vegetables have higher water percentages than others, you can't really go wrong with any produce. Especially during the heat of summer, these foods can effectively supplement your water intake. Conveniently, the most hydrating fruits and veggies typically peak during these warmer months. Head to local farmers market, stock up on the season's freshest produce and you're all set!