Beyond drinking plenty of water, what else can you do to help keep yourself and your patients hydrated in heat like we have experienced this week?
Turn to high water-content foods. Fruits and vegetables top the list.
Watermelon is number one on the list. It contains a whopping water content of 92% and nutrients like Vitamin C.
Grapefruit is also a great hydrator with just 30 calories and 90% water. Cantaloupe also gets high marks. You know how juicy it is and it’s a melon high in potassium, which can be depleted when you exert yourself in the heat. Cucumbers are high-content vegetables. They are great in your salad or sliced in water to give extra flavor.
And the one surprising hydrating food?… Oatmeal. When oatmeal is cooked, it easily absorbs the milk or water. Keep yourself cool and hydrated this summer, and have fun!
by Laurie McBride, RN