The summer months are here with us and this is a time when you want to be outdoors as much as possible there is plenty to do and the weather is great too. That said, it is very important that you stay hydrated if you do not get enough hydration you may end up suffering either heat exhaustion or heat stroke. In case you are wondering whether those are not one and they same they in fact are not. Heat stroke happens when you have a very high body temperature but without any sweat while heat exhaustion is when you suffer excessive thirst, sweat profusely but have a cold skin. Heat stroke can be fatal and that is why if you feel the symptoms coming on you should see a doctor right away.
You can hydrate in the hot months not just with water but also with hydrating foods. There are plenty of healthy foods that will keep your body cool if you eat them often on hot days. Right up there of course is cucumber it has the highest water quantity of any vegetable or fruit. You can eat it as it is or you can use it to make more creative snacks such as cucumber soup which has mint and ice cubes for added coolness.
Lettuce is also right up there when it comes to hydrating foods, particularly iceberg lettuce it has the highest water content of any lettuce. Make sure that any salads you eat contain lots of it and you will not only help your body stay cool, you will also get lots of fiber as well as Vitamin K.
Celery is available almost everywhere and you can snack on it often if you want to stay cool on hot summer days. Better yet, you will get Vitamin K, folate and since it neutralizes stomach acid you will get rip of any heartburn. Cherry tomatoes are pretty good too. Not only do they add a kick to any salad, they are going to help keep you cool. Better yet, you can pop a few onto the barbecue to serve with meals.
Bell peppers are not to be left behind either especially the green variety. You can munch on them raw instead of reaching for the usual carrot or you can grill them and serve with meals you will be happy to know that they are also packed with antioxidants to keep you healthy.