Get the Glow: 5 Ways to Consume More H2O

Raised in Las Vegas, Nevada, and now frequently traveling for jobs in the Arizona market, I guess you could say I’m an expert at surviving the desert heat. If there is one thing I’ve learned, it’s the importance of hydration.

Sure, a glass of water may be the most obvious way to fight your thirst, but what else can you do to stay hydrated? I’ve put together a list of creative ways to increase your water intake, so avoiding dehydration is easier and never gets boring!

Whether blended in a smoothie, packed in a parfait, or served by itself, yogurt is beneficial in hydration as well as providing several more health perks. Yogurt is high in calcium, Vitamin D, and healthy dose of probiotics. It also contains potassium, which aids in replenishing electrolytes to fight dehydration!

1. Watermelon

1. Watermelon The sweet fruit is a whopping 90% water! Need something more exciting than the classic triangle slices? Make it fancy by cubing the watermelon slices and sprinkling feta crumbles and fresh mint leaves on top.
The sweet fruit is a whopping 90% water! Need something more exciting than the classic triangle slices? Make it fancy by cubing the watermelon slices and sprinkling feta crumbles and fresh mint leaves on top.

2. Celery

Not only does celery contain a high water content, it's also jam-packed with antioxidants including Vitamin C and flavonoids. Plus the minimal caloric veggie keeps you feeling full. Did someone say ants on a log??
Not only does celery contain a high water content, it’s also jam-packed with antioxidants including Vitamin C and flavonoids. Plus the minimal caloric veggie keeps you feeling full. Did someone say ants on a log??

3. Oatmeal

Fight off your thirst before it even starts! Try swapping a bowl of cereal for oatmeal in the morning- you will still get the nutritional value of fiber (aka you will feel full), PLUS you'll get the added bonus of the breakfast staple consisting of over 90% water!
Fight off your thirst before it even starts! Try swapping a bowl of cereal for oatmeal in the morning- you will still get the nutritional value of fiber (a.k.a. you will feel full), PLUS you’ll get the added bonus of the breakfast staple consisting of over 90% water!

4. Yogurt

Whether blended in a smoothie, packed in a parfait, or served by itself, yogurt is beneficial in hydration as well as providing several more health perks. Yogurt is high in calcium, Vitamin D, and healthy dose of probiotics. It also contains potassium, which aids in replenishing electrolytes to fight dehydration!
Whether blended in a smoothie, packed in a parfait, or served by itself, yogurt is beneficial in hydration as well as providing several more health perks. Yogurt is high in calcium, Vitamin D, and serves a healthy dose of probiotics. It also contains potassium, which aids in replenishing electrolytes to fight dehydration!

5. Soups 

I've been on a major soup kick lately. This fluid-filled food is known for combatting the flu and other pesky illnesses, due to its broth's sodium content that causes the body to retain water and maintain hydration. My latest obsession? "Tom Ka" Thai soup. Its coconut milk broth is filled with chicken, lemongrass, and spicy herbs.
I’ve been on a major- and I mean MAJOR- soup kick lately. This fluid-filled food is known for combatting the flu and other pesky illnesses, due to its broth’s sodium content that causes the body to retain water and maintain hydration. My latest obsession? “Tom Ka” Thai soup. Its coconut milk broth is filled with chicken, mushrooms, lemongrass, and spicy herbs.

Once you incorporate more fluid-rich foods into your diet, I promise you will not only see the difference, but you will feel it, too!

*Studies and research found on WebMD, Daily Burn, Fox News, and Shape.com. Links below:

http://www.webmd.com/food-recipes/top-10-ways-to-stay-hydrated

http://dailyburn.com/life/health/healthy-foods-stay-hydrated-without-water/

http://www.foxnews.com/health/2013/08/11/foods-that-keep-hydrated/

http://www.shape.com/healthy-eating/healthy-drinks/top-30-hydrating-foods/slide/4

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