Water-Rich Foods to Keep You Hydrated

We all know our bodies need water throughout the day to function normally and prevent dehydration. But, as much as we rely on water to quench our thirst, but there are water-rich foods that can also supply some of your daily hydration needs. 

Watermelon

Watermelon, as the name implies, is about 91 percent water and a great source of vitamins A and C, lycopene, fiber and potassium. Watermelon is usually a staple at cookouts, picnics, and running events. So, next time you complete your road race, find the watermelon first! 

Grapefruit

A hydrating addition to breakfast, this tropical fruit is 90% water, low in calories and a good source of vitamin C and phytochemicals. If you prefer the pink or red varieties, you also gain a good source of vitamin A and lycopene. 

Broccoli

Trying to get your children to eat broccoli may have been a chore, but this cruciferous veggie packs about 89% water, vitamin C, beta carotene, fiber, iron, and calcium. Offer this as a healthy snack by mixing it with Greek yogurt, nuts and dried cranberries. 

Crisp Lettuce

When it comes to crisp lettuce, it tops the list for supplying some of your hydration needs. It is 96% water, a source of folate, potassium, antioxidants, and smaller amounts of vitamins K and C. Go ahead and have that big salad of mixed greens for dinner. Top it off with other great sources of hydrating foods such as celery, cherry tomatoes, cucumbers, bell peppers, and strawberries. 

Lowfat Milk and Yogurt

If you are getting your recommended 3 cups a day of low fat dairy, then you are already getting some of your daily water needs. Low-fat dairy adds protein, potassium, phosphorus and vitamins A and D to your diet, and a source of water! Ranking high on the list for water-rich foods, low fat dairy is approximately 85-89% water.

Any way you slice it, staying hydrated will help you combat fatigue, keep your skin looking great, aid in digestion, reduce high blood pressure and help keep weight off. 

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