It’s gonna be a wild ride this summer, Social Gals and Gents, starting with next week’s F1 GP festivities! Oh yeaaahhhh!!! That said, as the sun beats down on the much anticipated annual festivities, race enthusiasts and partygoers alike need to be wary of the dangers of dehydration, making sure to consume sufficient quantities of water, as well as a variety of healthy fruits and veggies, which experts indicate are equally instrumental to maintaining levels of hydration. As for the best of the lot to keep on your summer foodie radar, revered Osteopathic Physician Dr. Christopher Calapai, offers up the following tip sheet of his top seven. Or is it lucky seven? 😉
Watermelon contains around 92% water and is one of the most hydrating foods out there. It can be a great alternative to snacks like pretzels, chips and peanuts. While popular and easy, these naughty snacks contain large amounts of sodium and can make you more dehydrated.
Cucumbers are about 96% water and contain no saturated fat or cholesterol. They’re also solid in Vitamin B6, helping to produce serotonin, which is the brain chemical that controls mood. I suggest making small cucumber-watermelon bites, which are both incredibly hydrating and delicious, not to mention mood-enhancing! 😉
Strawberries have the highest water content of any berry, 92% to be exact! The super berry is also a spectacular source of vitamins C and K, and gratifies sweet tooths without the bad and heavy of sugary snacks.
This beloved melon is 90% water and packed with rich addictive flavour. Even better: One cup provides 100% of the daily recommended values of Vitamins A and C. Melon that!
Tomatoes are made up of about 95% water. Along with their natural sweetness, they work wonders as low cal options on the condiment front. One medium size tomato contains only 22 calories.
Zucchinis are 95% water and pump up the energy. They also contain a good amount of potassium that’s integral to reducing blood pressure. The veggie also promotes overall skin health, giving a seriously good glow while restoring moisture. Go zucchinis!
While I don’t think a lot of people enjoy eating lemons (ahem), adding them to water is a great way to change up a plain glass of H20. Besides enhancing flavour, lemons are a fantastic source of vitamin C and aid in digestion. The gift that keeps on giving.
So there you have em Social Gals and Gents. Get hydrating!
ABOUT THE DOCTOR: Dr. Christopher Calapai, D.O. is an Osteopathic Physician, board certified in family medicine and anti-aging medicine. Proclaimed the “The Stem Cell Guru” by the New York Daily News, Dr. Calapai is a leader in the field of stem cell therapy in the U.S. His stem cell treatments have achieved remarkable results in clinical trials on patients with conditions as varied as Alzheimer’s, arthritis, erectile dysfunction, frailty syndrome, heart, kidney and liver failure, lupus, MS and Parkinson’s. He has worked with Mike Tyson, Mickey Rourke, Steven Seagal, and Gotham’s, Donal Logue; and as a medical consultant for the New York Rangers. Connect with him via twitter @drcalapai or at www.drcal.net