As the heat and humidity rise it is more important than ever to ensure proper hydration. Plain filtered and spring water, non caffeinated herbal teas, kombucha, coconut and mineral waters are all good ways to replenish lost fluids before and after class. Did you know you can also get 20 percent of your hydration through the foods we eat?
It’s easy this time of year to find an abundance of fresh, healthy, local, organic fruits and vegetables that help hydrate. Along with providing hydration, these foods also contain an abundant source of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and other essential nutrients.
Food choices with high water content include:
Strawberries – 92 percent water and and great source of vitamin C, antioxidants, and folate.
Cucumbers – 96 percent water and an excellent source of electrolytes. Other ways to replenish electrolytes through food may be found here.
Celery – 95 percent water and a natural source of sodium, potassium, magnesium, and phosphorus.
Lettuce – with iceberg packing the most water at 96 percent, look for other leafy green varieties for more vitamins A, C, K, and folate.
Watermelon – 92 percent water and packed full of vitamin C, lycopene, and beta-carotene.
Here’s a recipe for watermelon agua fresca, a delicious alternative to plain water.
What we do outside of the studio before and after class is as important as our practice. Remember to replenish after to restore hydration and electrolyte levels and before to be in proper balance before taking a class.