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Summer Hydration Hacks for Optimal Kidney Health

Written by Danielle Starmer, RD LDN

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As the summer sun heats up, staying hydrated becomes more important than ever, especially for those with kidney health concerns. Proper hydration not only keeps your body functioning efficiently, but it also plays a crucial role in maintaining kidney health. In this article, we'll explore some summer hydration hacks to keep your kidneys in top shape.

1. Sip Smart

Water is your best friend when it comes to hydration. Aim for at least eight 8-ounce glasses per day, and increase your intake if you're spending time outdoors or engaging in physical activity. To make plain water more exciting, try adding a squeeze of fresh lemon or lime, or infuse it with fruits like strawberries, cucumbers, or mint.

2. Choose Kidney-Friendly Beverages

While water is ideal, you can mix things up with other kidney-friendly beverages. Homemade iced tea, infused with berries or lemon, is a refreshing option. Avoid sugary drinks and limit caffeine, as these can dehydrate you and may not be suitable for kidney health.

3. Make Popsicles

A fun and tasty way to stay hydrated is by making your own popsicles. Blend water-rich fruits like watermelon, strawberries, or kiwis with a touch of honey, then freeze the mixture in popsicle molds. You can even add electrolyte-rich coconut water to the mix for an extra boost of hydration.

4. Snack on Hydrating Fruits and Veggies

Fresh produce like cucumbers, bell peppers, watermelon, and celery all contain high water content. Incorporating these fruits and vegetables into your diet can help keep you hydrated and provide essential vitamins and minerals. Try slicing them up for an easy snack, or incorporate them into salads or smoothies.

5. Freeze Grapes for a Refreshing Treat

Frozen grapes make for a delicious and hydrating summer snack. Simply wash and dry green or red seedless grapes, then pop them in the freezer for a few hours. You can even roll them in lime juice and a touch of sugar or a sugar substitute before freezing for an extra burst of flavor.

6. Mind Your Sodium Intake

High sodium intake can impact kidney function and lead to dehydration. To reduce your sodium intake, opt for fresh or frozen produce, low-sodium canned goods, and seasoning blends without added salt. Instead, use herbs and spices to enhance the flavors in your meals.

By incorporating these summer hydration hacks into your daily routine, you can help keep your kidneys healthy and functioning at their best. Remember to always consult with your healthcare provider or a registered dietitian for personalized guidance and advice. If you would like to work with a registered dietitian who specializes in kidney nutrition, schedule your FREE 30-minute discovery call here!

Cheers to a healthy and hydrated summer! 🍋🥤🍉

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