At Handheld Catering, we a very aware that water is one thing we cannot live without. In fact, did you know we can survive without food longer than we can survive without water? Knowing the recommended daily allowance of water is eight cups per day–with more water necessary during the hot summer months and during exercise, we encourage hydration at all of our San Jose catering events. We keep fluids readily available and replenished often.
Severe dehydration can create many health problems. However, most people don’t realize that even mild dehydration can be dangerous. Losing just two percent of your body’s overall hydration can result in headaches, confusion, fatigue, and difficulty concentrating. Outdoor events held in the San Jose area are subject to summer’s heat. Drinking lots of water helps regulate our body temperature. The last thing anyone wants to experience or witness is lightheadedness or worse. We are aware of this and go to great lengths to make sure all our customers receive the water they request.
Because nearly 20 percent of our daily water intake comes from fruits, vegetables, meats and other foods—resulting in less drinking water being needed, we know it is important to plan our meals with this thought in mind.
Here are some simple ways Handheld Catering suggests you keep hydrated at your next San Jose area summer event:
Always have a water bottle nearby – studies have shown that those who keep water within reach, tend to drink it more often. Do not put too many steps between you and your water bottle.
Plan your meals to include more water-friendly foods – there are many foods rich in water available during the summer months, like watermelon, cantaloupe, honey dew and cucumbers. These foods are a vital part of our menu selection.
Drink water during your meals – this is an easy one because our natural and cultural inclination is to accent every meal with one or more fluids.
Avoid foods that deplete hydration – when attending or planning an event in the San Jose area, Handheld Catering suggests avoiding salty snack foods like potato chips and crackers. Cookies and cakes have minimal water to offer while alcohol is extremely dehydrating.
Know the signs of dehydration – if witnessing or experiencing dehydration, know that a normal urine color is pale yellow. If your urine is dark, like apple juice, you might be dehydrated. Dehydration also includes reduced urine output, thirst, fatigue and/or headaches. So, keep in mind proper hydration when planning all your San Jose area summer events.