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Hydration is at the foundation of both our beauty and our fitness routines. And there is more to getting hydrated than drinking water. Did you know you can get some of your water intakes by eating foods that foster hydration?

Last week, I was reading a book that discussed the benefits of getting some of your water from food in addition to drinking it! In this post, I share some hydrating snacks to help you stay your glowing best.

Learning about hydration the hard way

camel ride In a dramatic moment when I was 19, I learned what it means to stay hydrated and that water alone isn’t always enough. It happened shortly after riding a camel at the pyramids in the desert with my bestie. Riding a camel is a bit crazy, the way it moves, it feels wobbly and I have to admit it was a little scary as the camel stood up. But once we got going it was a lot of fun. During the ride, we had the sun shining directly on us and it was super hot (being the desert and all). Though we had plenty of water and made a point to drink quite a bit of it, I was not prepared for what happened next.

After the ride I got super light headed and felt like I was going to faint. Once we got off the camel, I sat down in some shade with my friend and her dad. A police officer even came over to us to make sure I was ok. They had me eat a granola bar and that’s when I realized the importance of sodium and nutrients that the body needs to retain and absorb water. Even though I had been drinking water, I wasn’t sufficiently hydrated. I had been sweating a lot and this was my first experience understanding what dehydration really means.

I share this story for a couple of reasons:

  1. Drinking water is a great habit, and it’s important to keep it handy
  2. What you eat is as important to hydration as what you drink

I encourage you to pay attention to how your body is feeling, especially when you’re being active and playing sports. Even if you’re having a hard time focusing in class, it could be a sign that you are thirsty.

And if you want to up your water game and make it extra tasty, infuse it by cutting up oranges or cucumbers and adding it to a pitcher of water in the fridge overnight.

5 Hydrating Snack Foods

1. Cucumber


2. Applesauce (go for unsweetened if you can)

3. Strawberries

strawberries

4. Celery

5. Carrots

When you are on your own epic adventures, whether it’s traveling the world or heading to an afternoon practice on the field, remember to pack nutrient-rich snacks like these to give your body an energizing hydration boost!

Special note: If you want to go next level on a workout, have a green apple an hour prior. It’s like magic!