6 Water-rich Foods to Stay Hydrated this Summer (and Winter)
Actually, these foods may be the best hydrators of any/every season.
It’s all too easy to undermine your efforts to stay hydrated with one too many coffees or glasses of wine. So support your body and skin this season with these proven hydrating foods.
There’s a reason why it’s a summertime staple: watermelon is 92% water. It’s a low-calorie sweet snack, also rich in antioxidants like lycopene. This compound reduces the damage done to cells by environmental stressors. Finally, watermelon is a good source of fibre, vitamins C and A, and magnesium.
Another sweet treat with close to 90% of its weight coming from water is a peach. Peaches are the perfect addition to any hot summer day. This fruit contains vitamins A, C, and B, as well as potassium. It’s also a rich source of an inflammation-lowering antioxidant called chlorogenic acid.
Another hydration heavy-hitter, 91% of a strawberry’s weight, comes from water. But, like the other fruits on this list, these berries are packed with vitamins and minerals, including vitamin C, manganese, and folate. Plus, these have proven anti-inflammatory properties, a boon for your overall health.
At 88% water content, each orange contains a half cup of water. Of course, these juicy citrus fruits are known for their high vitamin C content; a medium-sized orange serves up to 78% of this vitamin’s daily value. But they’re also excellent sources of potassium and inflammation-reducing antioxidants like flavonoids.
Cantaloupe is another 90% water-filled fruit with tremendous health benefits to boot. An extremely rich source of vitamin A, one cup of this melon delivers 106% of its daily value. Among many other benefits, vitamin A supports healthy immunity, keeping you well this summer season.
At 95% water content, cucumber is hard to beat for hydration. In addition, this vegetable is a fantastic low-calorie snack, providing small amounts of vitamin K, magnesium, and potassium. So fill up on cucumber, and you’ll be filling up on the water you need to thrive this season.
Insufficient hydration often causes electrolyte imbalance, whose effects manifest predominantly during summertime. By adding these six water-rich #WholeFoods and several others available in your region, you can salvage your body and skin from dehydration. And, of course, the belting heat.
Stay hydrated during winters too, by simply incorporating seasonal fruits and veggies into your diet. Spend a little longer at the produce section of your grocery store — you’ll be surprised by the number and variety of seasonal hydrators you’d have scored!
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