You already know that the hot summer months can leave you thirstier than ever. It is important, but also a hard task to drink enough water to stay hydrated for the day. However, there are several foods that are mostly water that will help hydrate you too. Add these hydrating foods to your diet this summer:
Cucumbers: A cucumber is almost 97 percent water. Cucumbers are easy to add to salads, sandwiches, and even eat as a snack with hummus or dip. Since cucumbers have such a high water content, they can easily be blended into a chilled soup to enjoy on a hot day.
Iceberg Lettuce: This lettuce tends to be looked down upon by fitness and health experts because of its low fiber content, especially when compared with spinach or kale. However, iceberg lettuce has a high water percentage, making it a great vegetable to mix in with your salad.
Celery: Thanks to this stalk’s high water content, it helps neutralize stomach acid. It is a great natural remedy for those who suffer from indigestion and acid reflux. Celery is also low in calories, yet has a good dose of vitamins.
Radishes: This crunchy vegetable makes a great addition to salad and coleslaw. The water-filled veggie also contains antioxidants, which are highly beneficial for your health.
Tomatoes: Whether you love tomatoes in a sauce or fresh on a sandwich, they are filled with a lot of water. Just avoid tomato paste and ketchup, both are not hydrating foods.
Bell Peppers: All bell peppers have a high concentration of water, but green peppers have the highest. So whether you like the sweet variety or the regular ones, they make a great snack when you have a craving.
Cauliflower: One vegetable you may not expect on this list is cauliflower. Surprise! It is not only full of water, but also has vitamins and phytonutrients that have been proven to lower cholesterol and fight cancer. A great way to try them is pureed as a faux mashed potato.
Watermelon: We know that you have been waiting for watermelon to make its debut on this list. Watermelon is the perfect summer food. It is hydrating, sweet, and full of fiber. Dig into a ripe watermelon instead of your candy stash.
Spinach: Spinach doesn’t have as high of a water content as iceberg lettuce does, but it still contains quite a bit. It is 91.4 percent water. It is the perfect salad base and baby spinach even blends perfectly into smoothies without making it taste gross.
Strawberries: Strawberries have the highest water content of all the other berries. When they are in season, they are so deliciously sweet.
Broccoli: Here’s another surprising hydration vegetable – broccoli. Broccoli has a little more than a 90 percent water content rate. It is also full of fiber, as well as potassium, vitamin A, and vitamin C.
Staying hydrated this summer should be simple if you add these fruits and vegetables to your diet this season. Be sure to still aim to get more than eight glasses of water into your diet each day too, especially if you are doing more physical work or spending time outside. Dehydration and heat stroke can be very serious problems when the temperature rises.
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