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Staying Hydrated During Hot Summer Months

With increasing summer temperatures, it is imperative to stay well hydrated. So, how much water do you need to drink?  Well, a good rule of thumb is to take your current body weight in pounds and divide that number in half.  This number would be the amount of water you need in ounces. 

Example: A person weighing 150 pounds should consume 75 ounces of water per day.

A quick and easy way is to simply drink water throughout the day. If you find that to be too boring, these foods are both delicious and an excellent source of water!

Fruits % H20 Vegetables % H20
Strawberries 92 Cucumber 96
Watermelon 92 Lettuce (iceberg) 96
Grapefruit 91 Celery 95
Cantaloupe 90 Radish 95
Peach 88 Zucchini 95
Orange 87 Red Tomatoes 94
Pineapple 87 Green Tomatoes 93
Raspberries 87 Green Cabbage 92
Apricot 86 Red Cabbage 92
Blueberries 85 Cauliflower 92
Plum 85 Eggplant 92
Apple 84 Sweet Peppers 92
Pear 84 Spinach 92
Cherries 81 Broccoli 91
Grapes 81 Carrots 87
Banana 75 Green Peas 79
    White Potato 79

Contributed by Danielle Hood, Dietetic Intern, Immaculata University, for Margaret Moses, MBA, RDN.
For more nutrition tips, visit Margaret’s blog.