Summer is on its way, which means most of us will be spending more time outdoors...in the hot sun. In the midst of the summer fun, it’s important to give our bodies all the nutrients it needs. Perhaps the most important of all nutrients - water.
Hydration is key to good health, particularly for your urinary tract. Urinary tract infections (UTIs) occur when bacteria get into the bladder and set up home. Staying hydrated is an easy defense against the bacteria, since peeing is the way your body naturally flushes out the bacteria.
Did you know that when you’re thirsty, you’re already dehydrated? And symptoms of dehydration go beyond thirst. You may experience dry skin, not pee as frequently, have sunken eyes or lack energy. Even mood swings can mean you’re dehydrated. The good news is you probably don’t need a doctor. You may just need water! If you don’t enjoy drinking water like a camel (8 glasses a day can seem like a lot), there are also certain foods that are high in water content that can help up your hydration game.
Prepare snack packs this summer of mixed fruit, such as strawberries, grapes and watermelon. Feed your body natural sugars and water without having to chug all the liquid. Lighten up the menu at your next picnic with a low-carb, heart healthy cucumber-tomato salad packed with hydration. Simply whisk vinegar, honey, salt, and pepper for the dressing. Toss with cucumbers, tomato wedges and onions and finish with a bit of chopped parsley.
To get a little bit fancy on the salad, bring berries into the mix. Check out this recipe for a raspberry, avocado and mango salad.
You will need:
- 1 ½ cup fresh raspberries
- ¼ cup olive oil
- ¼ cup red wine vinegar
- 1 small clove garlic, chopped
- ⅛ teaspoon fresh ground pepper
- 8 cups mixed salad greens
- 1 ripe mango, diced
- 1 small ripe avocado, diced
- ¼ cup thinly sliced red onion
- ¼ cup sliced almonds
Directions: Prepare snack packs this summer of mixed fruit, such as strawberries, grapes and watermelon. Puree ½ cup raspberries, oil, vinegar, garlic, salt, and pepper in a blender
Combine greens, mango, avocado, and onion in a large salad bowl. Pour dressing on top and gently toss. Top salad with remaining raspberries and almonds.
For other hydrating-boosting recipes to try this season, check out this section over at Eating Well. Continue to check back on our site for more information and resources on urinary tract health and other tips to stay healthy.