Did you know that water accounts for over half of your body weight? With a body depending on that much water, it’s no wonder that staying properly hydrated is so important.
Drinking enough water is one thing, but there’s no reason why you can’t supercharge your water intake even more with the certain fruits and veggies that lend themselves to hydration too. Of course, any fruits and veggies will do, but there are a few in particular you should consider choosing if staying hydrated during the hot summer weather is a priority for you — which it should be!
This super summery fruit is perfect for hydrating after intense outdoor activities or a bit of fun in the sun. It’s the most hydrating fruit at 92 percent water. Watermelon also contains a generous amount of lycopene — the antioxidant that gives it its pink color.
Not far behind watermelon is grapefruit with a 91-percent water content. High in vitamin C and loads of other nutrients, this citrus fruit is also chock full of electrolytes, which is great for hydrating after intense physical activity.
At 90 percent water, cantaloupe is a hydrating fruit that’s great for keeping your skin looking healthy and youthful. Its orange flesh contains a high amount of beta-carotene, which has been shown to add a little extra skin protection from damaging UV rays.
This bright yellow fruit is 88 percent water and a very high source of both vitamin A and vitamin C. One large peach is just about 70 calories with about 3 grams of fiber, making it a sweet treat to add to any summer meal, snack, or dessert!
What’s summer without pineapple? This tropical fruit is 87 percent water and high in vitamin C, manganese, and thiamin. Manganese is essential for antioxidant defences while thiamin plays an important role in energy production.
At a whopping 96 percent made of water, you’ll be cool as a cucumber when you add this veggies to your meals and snacks this summer. Cucumbers also help reduce inflammation by “cooling” your body’s inflammatory response.
Is it any surprise that leafy greens made the list? Lettuce ties it up with cucumber at 96 percent water while green cabbage comes in at 93 percent and spinach is a nice 92 percent water. All the more reason to go nuts on salads and green smoothies!
Whether you decide to toss a few slices into your salad or toss them on the grill, zucchini is yet another yummy summer food that’s 95 percent water. Its vitamin B-9 (folate) content will help your metabolism and one large zucchini offers about 3 grams of fiber.
Also at 95 percent water, celery is a wonderful summery snack that goes great with hummus, veggie dips, and nut butters. Celery is super low-cal at 16 calories per 100-gram serving and is an excellent source of vitamin K for healthy blood flow and bones.
One of the most versatile foods has to be the tomato. At 94 percent water, you can add them to salads, turn them into sauces, juice with them, make soups and so much more. They’re high in antioxidants and carotenoids, which prevent disease and help you live healthier for longer.
Combine these hydrating foods with your regular healthy water intake and you’ll be all set! Don’t forget to check out these articles as well:
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- Amazing Superfoods That Offer Sun Protection
- 10 Healthy Snacks to Fuel Your Yoga