Staying hydrated in the summertime heat is important for anyone, but is particularly crucial when you are a frequent or first-time plasma donor. Dehydration can lead to light-headedness, headaches, low blood pressure, and, of course, an incomplete donation. Since plasma is 92% water, it is critical to be well hydrated before and after you donate. Which means, being told to drink water. However, who wants to spend the time finding and chugging water all day? It’s time-consuming, and involves frequent bathroom trips. That is why your friendly BPositive Insider has compiled a list of healthy alternatives to eating your water! Some of these solutions will even suffice for your healthy, low-fat, high-protein meal too!
- Eat your veggies raw!
Raw vegetables and fruits harbor the most water, which is good news in the summertime because our bodies naturally crave produce. Water is where most of the nutrients in fruit and vegetables lie, so munch on them uncooked! The heavy hitters are cucumbers (95% water), cantaloupe (95%), celery (95%), peppers (92%), cauliflower (92%), baby carrots (87%), and berries (87% to 92%).
2. Blend ‘em!
Juicing cucumber and blending watermelon for smoothies will definitely boost your water intake, and also taste great! You can even make watermelon ice pops after you have blended them.
3. Make summer soups!
4. Freeze bananas!
Bananas contain potassium and magnesium, which are key for replenishing electrolytes in the body after sweating in the summer heat and balance and regulate fluids in the body. Great in smoothies as a substitute for ice cubes, or homemade ice cream! Just make sure you remove the peel before freezing. Once bananas have been in the freezer 5 hours or longer, pulse in a high-speed blender or food processor 15 times, or blend for 2 minutes. Scrape the sides, then, voila! You have ice cream!
5. Freeze coconut water for ice cubes!
Coconut water has magnesium and potassium like bananas, with added boosts of electrolytes and B vitamins. Enjoy coconut water ice cubes in a smoothie, cocktail, or water to remain hydrated or rehydrate in a healthy way. Just be careful not to over-indulge, as coconut water has a higher sodium content than water.
6. Infuse your water
And if you still like hydrating the old-fashioned way, slice up cucumbers and lemons and let them soak in your water pitcher or thermos for a delicious taste and extra boost! That’s what I like to do. Just make sure you let soak 4 hours prior to drinking for the full flavor and dose of vitamin C!
What are your favorite ways to stay hydrated? Comment below!