Hydrating foods provide plenty of fluid and healthy nutrients to fuel hot summer runs. Brunswick Crossing would like everyone to stay hydrated for our first 5K Valley Trail Run. Join us May 19th as we run to save the “WB Tower”. Enjoy live music, kids activities and more.
Here’s some juicy news: Drinking water isn’t the only way to stay hydrated. According to the Institute of Medicine, 20 percent of your water intake comes from food. “Eating a three-ounce cucumber is like drinking three ounces of water, but better,” says Howard Murad, M.D., author of The Water Secret. Besides being water-rich, vegetables, fruits, and a few other key foods contain nutrients that can boost a runner’s performance and health. In addition to filling your water bottle, add these foods to your diet for hydration, nutrients, and a tasty change of pace.
CANTALOUPE, PEACHES, STRAWBERRIES
These fruits are mostly water and rich in potassium, an electrolyte lost through sweat. “Potassium and sodium work together to maintain fluid levels in the body,” says Wendy Bazilian, Dr.PH., R.D., author of The SuperFoodsRx Diet, “which helps regulate your heartbeat and circulation.” One cup of each contains between five and 10 percent of your daily needs.
WET YOUR APPETITE
Toss strawberries into guacamole. Or make a cool soup: Blend together peaches, cantaloupe, peach nectar, lime juice, and sea salt, says culinary nutritionist Jackie Newgent, R.D.
H2O + VITAMIN C
WATERMELON, KIWI, CITRUS
Vitamin C helps maintain cartilage and joint flexibility, and these fruits provide at least a third of your daily need per serving. It also plays a role in protecting your skin. “UV rays, pollution, and sweat negatively affect your skin,” Bazilian says, and vitamin C counters those effects. A study in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry found watermelon and kiwi are nearly as healthy six days after being cut, so make fruit salad for the whole week.
WET YOUR APPETITE
Stir-fry tofu, bok choy, and scallion; add grapefruit segments. Combine kiwi with greens, avocado, pistachios, and onion. Toss watermelon with feta and mint.
H2O + CANCER DEFENSE
Tomatoes are rich in lycopene; studies link this antioxidant to a reduced risk of lung, stomach, prostate, breast, colon, and cervical cancer. While it may not seem juicy, broccoli is 90 percent water and contains compounds called isothiocyanates. A 2010 study in the Journal of Medicinal Chemistry found isothiocyanates block a defective gene that causes cells to become cancerous.
WET YOUR APPETITE
Skewer cherry tomatoes and grill until lightly charred; add mozzarella balls, balsamic vinegar, and fresh basil. Stir-fry broccoli with grated ginger; add minced grapes and sunflower seeds.
Brunswick Crossing is Frederick County’s most exciting planned community. Our beautiful trails will be the site for the 5K Valley Trail Run. Don’t like to run? No worries! Enjoy the sounds of Blue Deluxe as they rock the evening. Bring the kids for the 1 mile kids fun run. Oh, and everyone’s favorite, the moon bounce! Registration begins at 3:00pm.
All proceeds directly benefits the Brunswick Potomac Foundation to save the “WB Tower”, part of Brunswick’s railroad history! The 5K race route is timed and all finishers will receive a T-shirt and finishers medal. The top three male and female finishers will receive a prize in each age bracket. To find out more visit www.brunswickcrossing.com or call 301-834-7465. This event is Rain or Shine!