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Five Fruits And Vegetables That Help You Stay Hydrated

Water Content Foods

Staying hydrated in the summer is critical. Drinking enough evolution alkaline water should be the first priority, but try including some of these fruits and vegetables in your diet for added benefits!

  1. Cucumbers
    • Cucumbers are 95% water content
    • They are a great source of fiber and Vitamin C
  2. Salad Greens
    • Salad Greens are 90% water content
    • They are a great source of Vitamin C and Antioxidants
  3. Strawberries
    • Strawberries are 91% water content
    • Strawberries are a great source of folate
  4. Watermelon
    • Watermelon are 92% water content
    • They are a great source of Vitamin C and Lycopene
  5. Papaya
    • Papaya are 88% water content
    • They are a great source of fiber

Drinking Water? You Still Might Be Dehydrated

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Staying hydrated is important, especially during the heat of summer. Even if you drink a lot of water, though, other factors might be working against you.

  • If you’re under a lot of stress, the adrenal glands that pump out stress hormones become exhausted, causing dehydration and low electrolyte levels. While upping fluid intake can help, limiting stressors is the best long-term solution.
  • If you don’t eat enough fruits and vegetables, you’re not getting the water they bring along with them. Fill up half your plate at each meal with produce — it could give you an extra cup of water a day.
  • Some prescription medications can cause dehydration as a side effect. Many medications act as diuretics, which increase urine output and a risk of dehydration.
  • Eliminating carbs from your diet can decrease the number on a scale, but it could lead to dehydration, too. Carbs such as oatmeal, whole grain pasta and brown rice soak up water during the cooking process, which can increase hydration levels.
  • Any type of workout can lead to dehydration. If you are sweating out more than you are drinking water, there is a risk of dehydration. Health.com says to weigh yourself before and after exercise and for every pound lost, drink 16 to 20 ounces of water.
  • Taking certain kinds of dietary supplements can send you to the bathroom more often, causing a loss of fluids. To combat dehydration, speak with a nutritionist or doctor about any potential side effects.
  • As you age, it gets harder to stay hydrated and harder to tell whether you’re really thirsty. Keep a bottle of water near you at all times and, each day, keep a running total of how much you’ve consumed.

 

 

10 Ways To Reduce Water Usage And Save Money This Summer

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Check out these 10 Ways to reduce water usage this summer and be sure to share them with friends and family!

  1. Reduce water usage in your morning routineKeep a timer in your bathroom. Set your timer to 8 minutes each time you shower. This will remind you to get out of the shower faster, saving you time, water and money.

  2. Buy low-flow and water-efficient appliances If you are in the market for new appliances, buy low-flow and water-efficient appliances.  These will save you money in the long run.  (i.e. A front-loading washing machine, uses 40-60% less water than top-loading machines)

  3. Place a jar into your toilet tankPlacing a jar or closed container full of water into your toilet tank will reduce the amount of water used by your toilet.

  4. Install low-flow shower heads and sink spigotsInstalling a low-flow shower heads and sink spigots lower your water usage.  

  5. Run your dishwasher only when it is full When running the dishwasher, make sure it’s full to get the maximum use per drop. There’s no need to pre-rinse, since most of today’s models can handle any kind of grime.

  6. Check and repair any leaky pipes and faucets The tiniest leak has far greater impact on water usage than you would think.

  7. Don’t pour oil or other toxic liquids into the sinkOne gallon of oil reaching the sewer can contaminate one million gallons of fresh water.

  8. Reduce water use in your own yard Try collecting rainwater by placing containers at the end of each gutter. It’s perfect for watering your garden. Water your lawn or garden in the morning or the evening when the water will evaporate less rapidly, and limit pesticide use, as they will eventually be carried into our freshwater supply by runoff. Even more, get rid of your grass completely and replace it with rock or low water plants.

  9. Wash your car at a car wash instead of doing it yourselfA car wash typically uses about 32 gallons of water per vehicle, but the EPA estimates that washing it yourself can use up to 500 gallons of water.

  10. Take advantage of recreation opportunities on local lakes and rivers, and learn about the wildlife they support – It will help you understand what we could lose if we don’t manage our water wisely.