watermelon

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again – drinking enough water is one of the most important things that you can do for your health.  Let’s get real, though, sometimes water just doesn’t cut it.  There are days when it doesn’t matter how much water I drink, I’m still feeling dehydrated and can’t look at another glass of water.  Here are three ways to supplement your water intake and stay hydrated without even trying.

Chew your water

No, I’m not talking about chomping away on some ice.  Raw fruits and vegetables are hydration superstars.  (As if I needed another reason to tell you to eat more veggies!)  A few of my top picks for hydration are: cucumber, celery, lettuces, baby carrots, zucchini, cauliflower, watermelon, berries, and cantaloupe.  Doesn’t that list sound like a delicious (hydrating) salad in the making?!

Get your juice on

Fresh juices are a great way to flood your system with nutrients and beat dehydration.  You can juice (or blend) cucumbers, cantaloupe or watermelon to add to your water, drink solo, or use as the base for your smoothies.  On a sweltering day nothing is more refreshing than this Watermelon Cooler.

Watermelon Cooler
1 cucumber (peeled, if not organic)
1 cup chopped watermelon (rind removed)
Mint leaves
Ice cubes
Water (if needed to thin)

Add everything to your blender and blend away.

Go (coco)nuts

Coconut water is hydrating and loaded with potassium and electrolytes which makes it ideal for combating dehydration and replenishing your system.  Coconut water is great after a workout, on a hot and humid day, or whenever your water consumption hasn’t been ideal.  You can freeze coconut water in ice cube trays and add them to your water bottle to flavor your regular water, use coconut water as the base for a smoothie, or drink it straight up!  You can even make coconut water popsicles (blending coconut water with fresh fruit and using popsicle molds) to keep on hand in the summer.