Adequate hydration is key for optimal health as it supports digestion, muscle function and performance. Superficially, it also plays a big part in helping shedding excess weight, reducing bloating and achieving a glowing complexion, big focus items for many during summer time. This works by aiding circulation, which is vital for blood and oxygen flow throughout the body.

Summer also means warmer temperatures and more sweating, making hydration extra important. If you struggle to hit your ideal daily intake by simply drinking enough water, adding hydrating ingredients to your meals is a super smart hack.

Right now, we are busy in the Daily Dose kitchen cooking up the superfoods of summer to support optimal hydration and circulation. We are talking colorful and flavorful watermelon, berries, arugula, tomatoes, peaches, cucumbers, zucchini and lettuces. Ripe, fresh, organic, local and delicious!

Daily Dose Favorite Hydration Boosting Ingredients:

  1. Watermelon is a total summertime superfood. Containing 93% water, it is extremely hydrating and it is also packed with the powerful antioxidant lycopene that can protect against sunburns.
  2. Peaches contain 90% water and is very nutrient-dense. Besides providing several important vitamins and minerals, it packs good fiber and antioxidants.
  3. Cucumbers are almost entirely made up by water but also some great vitamins and minerals, such as vitamin K, potassium and magnesium.
  4. Lettuce isn’t just the crisp to your salad, it also provides great hydration and folate, an important nutrient especially for pregnant women.

  5. Arugula adds a peppery and fun twist to any salad or side dish, but it is also a hydrating, nutrition powerhouse. It may promote heart and eye health, reduce cancer risk and delivers vitamin K and calcium for healthy bones.

Try adding these frequently into your daily meals during the summer months to reap the most health benefits, flavor and of course, hydration!

Quick Summer Hydration Hack

Chugging plain water can be problematic when it comes to proper hydration. Instead, focus on a good fluid balance by adding electrolytes. Make your own, super easy and super clean electrolyte drink to start your day the right way:  Simply add high quality salt and lemon to lukewarm water and drink first thing in the morning.