As the temperature begins to climb, we Arizonans sweat through some of the highest temperatures in the country. According to The Weather Channel, the average temperature in Phoenix, is 106 degrees. You know these temperatures are more extreme and so much that it can melt street signs or bake cookies in your car, for example. 

These extreme temperatures we experience in Arizona can be dangerous even deadly, pushing the human body into heat disorders where symptoms like dizziness and fainting, rapid heartbeat, confusion, and muscle cramps are common.

We Arizonians find pleasure in engaging in summer outdoor activities like hiking, running, boating, or tubing.  So how can we keep from becoming susceptible to heat-related illness?

Hydration Healing

Here are two ways to consume the recommended amount needed.

  1. Water – proper hydration is extremely important for your health.  Experts recommend drinking half your body weight—in fluid ounces—of water per day to meet your hydration needs.  But while drinking water is very important, you can also capture it from foods.
  2. Food – many healthy foods contribute a high water content into your diet.  Here are a few:
    • Lettuce – 96%
    • Cucumber – 95%
    • Watermelon – 92%
    • Strawberries – 91%
    • Cantaloupe – 90%
    • Peaches – 89%

Each have their own health-promoting properties like Vitamins, A, B, C, and K.  As well, these foods are packed with potassium, magnesium, fiber, and folate.  And, keeping proper hydration supplies adequate nutrients and removes waste efficiently while a big staple for lubricating joints.

It’s easy to incorporate these fruits and vegetables into your diet.  They are commonly combined in sandwiches, smoothies and salads.  Why not keep your body and muscles hydrated.  You’ll notice a difference in proper bodily function from organs to muscles.

Consider this as another preventative health approach!