Hydrating Foods to Beat Summer Heat

We have all heard the saying that we need eight glasses of water a day to stay hydrated. The truth is that while there is not a generalized recommendation for everyone, we probably do need about eight glasses of water a day or more.

It’s still important to drink plenty of water especially in the summertime but you can also quench your thirst with these hugely hydrating foods. These healthy foods not only replenish your fluids, they deliver other body benefits too.

 

 

Hydrating Food: Watermelon

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Watermelon is on top of the list, its water content of 92 percent and essential re-hydration salts, calcium, magnesium, potassium and sodium.

 

Hydrating Food: Apple

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This juicy super food has been linked to lower cholesterol levels, weight loss and preventing a host of chronic health woes—cardiovascular disease, asthma, diabetes, and even certain cancers.

 

Hydrating Food: Bell Peppers

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Colorful bell peppers are 92 percent water, yet they’re still rich sources of some of the best nutrients available, including vitamin C, thiamine, vitamin B6, beta carotene, and folic acid.

 

 

Hydrating Food: Carrots

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Carrots contain about 87 percent water and more of the powerful antioxidant beta-carotene than any other vegetable or fruit. Studies have found that compounds in carrots help protect again skin, lung and oral cavity cancers.

 

Hydrating Food: Cucumber

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The flesh of cucumbers is primarily composed of water but also contains vitamin C and caffeic acid, both of which help soothe skin irritations and reduce swelling—which is why cucumbers are often used to help swollen eyes and sunburn.

 

Hydrating Food: Navel Orange

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Oranges are juicy (87 percent water), sweet and packed with more than 100 percent of the daily recommended value for vitamin C. That’s more than enough to negate the annoyance of peeling!

 

Hydrating Food: Pear

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Beyond their sweet, refreshing taste, one medium pear contains 6 grams of dietary fiber, or 24 percent of the daily recommended value. Plus the type of fiber found in pears (soluble fiber) helps you feel full for a longer period of time, which means it can help you lose weight.

 

Hydrating Food: Mixed Greens Salad

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Most lettuce greens contain 94 percent water, making it a low-energy density food. In other words, you’ll feel fuller on fewer calories and lose weight faster.

 

Hydrating Food: Strawberries

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Make a habit of snacking on these hydrating berries (they’re 92 percent water). Studies show that people who eat one serving of strawberries per day tend to have higher blood levels of the B vitamin folate, which helps keep arteries clear. Go ahead and splurge for organic. According to a 2010 study from Washington State University, organic strawberries are more nutritious and flavorful than those that are grown through chemical-laden farming.

 

Hydrating Food: Tomato

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Tomatoes are composed of about 95 percent water. That means that along with signature sweetness comes enough moisture to cut back on (or take the place of) higher-calorie condiments on your sandwich.

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