The Best Foods to Eat This Summer to Stay Really Hydrated
Did you know that about 20% of your daily water intake comes from food?
That may seem like a lot, but the food we eat can contain large amounts of water, especially fruits and vegetables. Most fruits and vegetables are made of 85 to 96% water! This helps you stay hydrated, and you receive the added nutritional benefits.
While it's essential to prioritize water intake and keep an eye out for signs of dehydration, including an abundant amount of produce in your diet is a great way to ensure you're getting enough water. Here are the best fruits and vegetables for the max amount of hydration for this summer.
Cucumbers have one of the highest water percentages coming in at 96%. In addition, cucumbers are surprisingly high in antioxidants, which are important for soothing inflammation and fighting diseases.
Lettuce is tied with cucumber with a 96% water makeup. Lettuce is an excellent source of both vitamin A and vitamin K.
Celery juice is popular, but you can stay hydrated without juicing it as it's 95% water. This crunchy snack contains essential minerals like potassium and folate.
4. Green Bell Peppers
Green bell peppers are made up of 94% water. Green bell pepper is a great source of vitamin B6, which helps regulate your mood and aids in protein metabolism.
Watermelon is accurately named as it is 92% water. The sweet summer fruit is delicious and high in lycopene, an antioxidant associated with lower inflammation and improved heart health.
Our favorite summer berry is a hydration powerhouse with a makeup of 91% water. Berries are also extremely good for you with more vitamin C—the immune-boosting powerhouse—than oranges!
Cantaloupe is underrated and this sweet treat is 90% water. So don't forget to pick up some cantaloupe this summer and you receive the added boost from a powerhouse nutrient called beta-carotene.
Peaches are so juicy to bite into because they're of 89% water. Peaches taste so good you don't even realize you're getting various nutrients, including potassium, niacin, vitamin E, copper and manganese.
We can't forget the original juicy fruit, oranges, which are 87% water. Oranges are known for the high vitamin C concentrate, but it's also a great source of potassium, calcium, thiamin and folate.
The sweet and tart pineapple is 86% water and 100% delicious. Pineapple gives you 3% of your daily iron needs and its enzymes can improve your digestion.
Looking for more ways to stay hydrated? Check out THESE tasty beverages that keep our bodies hydrated (and our tastebuds happy) this summer.