During Summer, when temps soar, our bodies crave raw, cooling foods full of nutrients and electrolytes to keep us hydrated, boost our energy levels and prevent us from feeling sluggish and overheated.
Drinking enough water is essential, and while 2 liters (8 glasses) of pure, filtered water is what’s usually recommended, you may need more if you’re outdoors and sweating in the summer heat. Be sure to keep water with you at all times and sip throughout your day, not only when you are thirsty.
Now back to those cooling foods…
Nothing is quite as refreshing as fresh summer fruits for an instant dose of vitamins and hydration! Keep reading for 5 of our favs!
Is it even summer if you’re not munching your way through thick slices of juicy watermelon?
Watermelon is made up of a whopping 92% water and jam-packed in vitamins and nutrients, as well as amino acids and antioxidants. Watermelon actually contains even more lycopene (a carotenoid antioxidant that can help to protect the body against stroke, cancer and other diseases) than tomatoes!
Who knew health could taste this good!
Dipped in chocolate, enjoyed on their own or used to make a decadent smoothie, strawberries are right up there as one of our all-time favorite summer fruits!
Like watermelon, strawberries contain about 92% water, and they are rich in vitamin C to keep your skin glowing and youthful, and your body healthy. Strawberries also contain a special antioxidant called Ellagic Acid, which may actually help to protect the skin against the harmful UV rays of the sun. Do be sure to still pack your SPF though!
So technically, cucumber is a fruit, which makes us pretty happy because it means it can join our list!
Cucumbers contain the highest water content of any solid food, making them a must during the warm season! They will help to flush out toxins, keep you hydrated and provide you with an array of powerful vitamins and minerals. Toss them in a salad, add them to a sandwich for a delightful crunch element or dip them in hummus for a yummy snack!
Pina Coladas anyone?
In fact, here’s a virgin pina colada recipe you can enjoy! You can share these with the kiddos and fill up on as many as you’d like as they are non-alcoholic.
Pineapples are made up of 87% water and brimming in vitamins and antioxidants, as well as an enzyme called bromelain. Bromelain has some serious anti-inflammatory benefits, helping with chronic inflammatory conditions such as sinus or arthritis.
We hope this has inspired you to fill up on healthy fruits this summer! Remember, happy, healthy skin is an inside and outside job. If you’re filling your body with nutrients as well as applying nutrients externally, you really can’t go wrong!
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