The heat wave is on, and it’s no friend to those of us suffering from hot flashes and night sweats! There are things we can do to help manage the sweat! Of course, wearing breathable, natural fibers, such as CoolRevolution’s rayon from bamboo sleepwear is a good start. But, it’s also essential to stay hydrated.
Hydration doesn’t have to mean chugging even more water.
“Your body doesn’t care where hydration comes from, it just needs fluid,” Tamara Hew-Butler, a sports medicine scientist at Wayne State University, who specializes in fluid balance, said in a recent New York Times article.
Fresh fruits and vegetables have a high water content, plus they have fiber, and we all need plenty of fiber, regardless of the temperature.
We love to find fresh, locally grown produce, and then cut it up and put it in clear containers in the fridge, so when hunger strikes, you can’t help but see these bright, easy-to-grab fruits and veggies. Some of the top picks to keep hydrated:
- Melons. Watermelon, honeydew and cantaloupe are filled with water. Watermelon is 91 percent water, plus it has lycopene, which can help protect cells from sun damage and maybe even improve your complexion.
- Strawberries not only help with hydration, but like all berries, they have natural antioxidants. Strawberries are filled with flavonoids, which can help lower the risk of developing heart disease, too.
- Oranges not only are juicy but sweet, whether you peel and eat or drop some in your water for some extra flavor.
- Grapes not only can help with your water intake, but these little gems have antioxidants, vitamin K and potassium. Try them frozen to help cool down on a hot day.
- Cucumbers contain 95 percent water, plus they have anti-inflammatory compounds.
- Celery also has 95 percent water by weight, plus it is high in vitamin K, folate and potassium.