9 foods that hydrate when it's (very) hot

The very high temperatures this week put our body to the test. To avoid dehydration, it is important not only to drink but also to consume foods rich in water. Find out which foods will become your best friends during hot weather.

Managing to cool off in hot weather is always difficult. If you can’t do this, you risk becoming dehydrated or even suffering from heat stroke. To refresh yourself, it is a question of drinking well and eating well… foods rich in water.

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Side drinks : drink plenty of water and avoid sodas which prevent the body from storing water properly in the body. Coffee, tea and alcohol also tend to dehydrate because they are very diuretic.

Power sideavoid eating too much meat and protein which make our metabolism work at full speed which has the consequence of generating heat and therefore requires a lot of water.

>> Prefer foods rich in water to hydrate you: fresh vegetables and summer fruits which can be composed of up to more than 90% water including cucumber, tomato, green salad, not to mention fruits such as watermelon, melon, peach or strawberries…

Maintain vitamins and minerals

It’s a good time to make a cure of fruit and vegetable juices, an excellent way to hydrate with pleasure when it’s very hot. Staying hydrated while eating also helps maintain the level of vitamins and mineral salts that we lose through sweating.

If you want to cook hot dishes, in the event of high heat, favor cooking in foil, stewing or steaming, which will allow the water naturally present in the food to be preserved.

Sources:

  • Claudine Robert Hoarau, Healthy food, pleasure food, a question of balanceEditions Lanore, 2014
  • Alessandra Buronzo, Marie Laure André, The 150 healthy foodsHachette Practical Editions, 2011

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The melon
The melon contains 90% water and little sugar, favoring the hydration of the organism and the thermal regulation of the body. It also has a low energy value, around 34kcal per 100g and is rich in beta-carotene, a powerful antioxidant that helps protect the skin from sun damage and better tan. Be a perfect fruit for summer days!

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The cucumber
Cucumber is the star vegetable of the warm season. Made up of about 95% water, the cucumber contributes to good hydration of the body. It is ultra refreshing and also gives you the benefit of its many minerals (phosphorus, calcium, potassium) and vitamins (B, E, A).

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The strawberry
The strawberry is famous for its moisturizing and refreshing side. Very thirst-quenching, strawberries contain 91.6% water. They also provide few calories. The other red fruits are also rich in water: for example, the currant contains 87.9% water, the blackberry 87.7%. Make the most of it in your desserts and make it into sweet frozen soups.

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The courgette
Zucchini is to be preferred in summer when it is very hot. It has an important contribution in water which makes it possible to rehydrate the organization effectively. The right way to take advantage of its water content? Steam it or make a cold zucchini mint soup or combine it with cucumber, which is also hydrating, in a smoothie.

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The melon
The melon contains 90% water and little sugar, favoring the hydration of the organism and the thermal regulation of the body. It also has a low energy value, around 34kcal per 100g and is rich in beta-carotene, a powerful antioxidant that helps protect the skin from sun damage and better tan. Be a perfect fruit for summer days!

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The watermelon
Watermelon is ideal for hydration during periods of summer heat. Its flesh is indeed waterlogged (91%). Refreshing, thirst-quenching and light, watermelon also has a low energy content (34 c for a 100g slice) and contains minerals (especially potassium) and vitamins (C, A, B) which are very important for the demineralization generated by perspiration.

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The green salad
With a water content of 90%, green salad is one of the best foods to stay hydrated in hot weather. On the health side, green salad is a good source of vitamin A, fiber and a source of vitamin B9 (folate). Combine with cucumber and tomato for ultra refreshing salads!

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The Peach
Rich in water (85%) and juicy, peaches are refreshing and thirst-quenching, perfect for staying hydrated on the hottest days. In addition, a medium peach provides only 10 kcal more than a 0% yogurt! The nectarine has the same advantages. To eat as is or to integrate into a cold peach-strawberry soup.

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