Did you know that about two-thirds of the human body is made up of water?
To stay healthy, we must keep ourselves hydrated.
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While drinking water is super important, many healthy foods can also contribute a large amount of water to your diet. With summer approaching, here are ten foods that will keep you hydrated and healthy:
Cucumber is one of the most hydrating foods you can eat because they are made up of around 96% water. That means that they have an incredibly high water content. Additionally, cucumbers give you lots of essential vitamins, are a great source of fiber, and are low in calories. Whether you eat cucumber slices with ranch or add them to your salads, they are delicious and easy to eat.
Lettuce has a 96% water content and provides you with an incredibly healthy combination of water and fiber. It is also rich in vitamins K and A. From an iceberg to romaine, you can find a variety of lettuce that makes for a great hydrating base for salads.
Tomatoes are delicious, can be used in various foods, and are also very hydrating. Containing 95% water content, tomatoes give you lots of healthy hydration and are a great source of fiber, vitamin K, vitamin C, and potassium. Add tomatoes to your salads and omelettes, or make some delicious pasta sauce to increase your intake of tomatoes.
4. Coconut Water
Coconut water is a very hydrating beverage and has a water content of 95%. It is a great source of hydration, potassium, sodium, and electrolytes. Because of its hydrating qualities and high electrolyte count, coconut water is a great option for drinking after exercise compared to energy drinks. Coconut water is also a good alternative for people who do not like to drink plain water. You can also mix it into other drinks and smoothies.
5. Bone Broth
Bone broth and soups made from bone broth are healthy, nutritious, and hydrating. Bone broth has a water content of 92% and is very low in calories. You can use bone broth in lots of delicious soups and add in a variety of meats and vegetables to make the soup heartier. Bone broth is also an excellent remedy for treating a cold or flu.
Watermelon is another fruit that has high water content. Almost 91% of watermelon is made up of water. It is a very popular summer food and is great for keeping you hydrated on long hot days. Watermelon is rich in many vitamins, including vitamin C, A, and B, and contains important minerals like potassium and zinc.
7. Skim Milk
Skim milk or fat-free milk is one of the best hydrating foods you can have on its own or as an ingredient in cooking. It has a water content of 90%, is low in calories, gives you plenty of calcium, and is a good alternative to whole fat milk for people who cannot tolerate lactose.
Plain yogurt is a healthy source of water, protein, vitamins, and minerals like calcium, potassium, and phosphorous. It has a water content of 88% and is very hydrating. You can eat plain yogurt on its own, with a cup of fruits, or add it to different smoothies.
Oranges are best known as an important source of vitamin C, but they are also extremely hydrating, with a water content of 87%. Additionally, oranges give you plenty of fiber, potassium, magnesium, and copper. Whether you have freshly squeezed orange juice or just eat orange slices as a snack, orange is a great way to increase your hydration.
Apples are made up of around 86% water and are rich in fiber, vitamin C, and many antioxidants. You also get a wide variety of apples to choose from, from Granny Smith to Honey crisp, and they are easily available at most stores and farmers’ markets. Chop up some apples to eat as a snack between meals, or bake yourself a delicious apple pie.
Keeping your body hydrated matters more than ever when heat and humidity soar. Try adding these ten foods that will keep you hydrated. Whether you make yourself some fresh light drinks, snoothies, juices, or delicious salads, all of these foods are versatile, readily available, and easy to use.
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