With summer well on its way here in Brandon, FL the temperature outside is only going to get higher. We’re no strangers to the heat in Florida, but summer is always a challenge. One of the biggest hurdles in the challenge that is summer is finding ways to stay properly hydrated. We hear about it every year; frequent headaches, fatigue during the day, and even a few fainting spells. More often than not, these symptoms can all be traced back to dehydration.
More than you might think.
When you are not properly hydrated your body cannot produce the amount of saliva your mouth needs to naturally fend off bacteria that can cause decay and further tooth loss. When it’s hot outside, the need for you to increase the amount of fluid you take in during the day rises. Due to all this, hydration, or lack thereof, becomes a real concern in the dental world during summer.
However, drinking gulp after gulp of water can become tiresome in its own sense and tedious. Luckily, there are other ways you can help yourself stay hydrated during the day and one of them is eating salads.
Yes, salads. Let us explain.
Believe it or not, the Institute of Medicine claims that at least twenty percent of the hydration we obtain through the day should be absorbed through the food we eat. Fruits and veggies happen to be some of the most naturally hydrating things you can consume. For instance:
Bearing the above ingredients in mind we have gathered together a few ultra-hydrating recipes for you to use this summer in your journey toward maintaining proper hydration.
Take a look.
Here are a few salad recipes that will make your hydration efforts more fruitful this summer.
Fig, Avocado, Sunflower Sprout Salad
large handful sunflower sprouts
1 black mission fig
1/2 a ripe avocado
Place the sprouts on a small plate. Chop the avocado and add to the plate. Top with a sliced fig. Add a squeeze of lemon and a little coarse sea salt over the top to finish it off.
Root Vegetable Salad with Miso Dressing
For the dressing:
2 tablespoons white miso paste
1 tablespoon reduced sodium soy sauce
1 tablespoon rice wine vinegar
1 tablespoon mirin
1 tablespoon water
1 tablespoon toasted sesame oil
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
For the salad:
Juice of half a lime
1 medium red beet, peeled
1 medium golden beet, peeled
1 small turnip, peeled
1 carrot, peeled into ribbons
1/4 cup loosely packed micro-arugula
2 tablespoons sliced raw almonds
We gathered both of the above recipes from dailyburn.com. You can click on the provided link for even more recipes!
We hope this article inspires you go out and get yourself some edible hydration this summer. Until next time readers, keep smiling.
Dr. Richard Assing
719 W Robertson St.
Brandon, FL 33511
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Tuesday: 8AM – 6PM
Wednesday: 8AM – 6PM
Thursday: 8AM – 6PM
Friday: 8AM – 12PM