You just finished your first 60 or 90 minute Hot Yoga class and your instructor tells you to make sure you go home and hydrate! First thing that comes to mind is what? Drink Water! This does stand to be true; your body requires an ongoing supply of water throughout the day, especially when taking Hot Yoga. However, foods can also supply some of your daily water needs and should be included in your pre and post workout meal or snack.
Lettuce: This tops the list coming in at 96% water. Not only will it provide the body with water, but also potassium, folate and antioxidants. Treat yourself to nice big salad for dinner!
Watermelon: Ever wonder why watermelon is always at your summer picnics? It’s refreshing! Watermelon contains about 91% water and also contains vitamin A and C, fiber and potassium.
Grapefruit: This contains about 90% water and is a great option for breakfast if you plan on taking Hot Yoga later that day. It is low in calories for those who are looking to manage or lose weight and is a good source of Vitamin A and C.
Broccoli: This vegetable measures up pretty well- consisting of about 89% water. It is rich in fiber, vitamin C, iron and calcium. Toss this water rich vegetable into your crisp salad to double up the water rich food intake!
Low Fat Milk and/or Low Fat Yogurt: Low fat dairy not only provides protein, calcium and phosphorus but it is a great source of potassium as well. Low fat milk contains about 89% water while yogurt has about 85% water. Even more reason to get your recommended 3 servings a day!
Tomato: Another great addition to make sure you include in your salad. Tomatoes can have up to 95% water content as well as lycopene, Vitamin A and C. Not to mention, it’s low in calories but good source of fiber!