Summer in Texas has taken a lot out of us all this year — especially water. Being that water makes up at least 60% of your body, and it plays a vital role in keeping your body functioning as it should- we need to find ways to keep it in and let it do it’s job.
Aside from drinking gallons of water to stay hydrated every day- we have found ways our food sources can help us out too…
20% of the water you body needs, can be ingested throughout the day with foods like…
1. Cucumber (96%)
If you love the crunch of a cucumber, you’re in luck. Cucumbers have the highest water content of any solid food.
2. Iceberg Lettuce (96%)
Darker greens do provide more fiber, folate and vitamin K. But when it comes to staying hydrated, crispy iceberg has the goods.
3. Celery (95%)
In addition to being full of water, celery is a great source of fiber. Add some protein-rich nut butter and you have a healthy (and thirst-quenching) snack.
4. Radishes (95%)
This root veggie is full of flavor, vitamin C and fiber but low in calories. Add them to a green salad or grate them into a summer slaw.
5. Romaine Lettuce (95%)
This dark, leafy green packs in a lot of water but also provides many nutritional benefits. Romaine is a good source of vitamins C and A, folate and fiber.
6. Tomatoes (94%)
Many people think of tomatoes as vegetables, but they are actually the fruit with the highest water content. They also contain lycopene, which helps prevent cell damage.
7. Zucchini & Summer Squash (94%)
Whether you eat summer squash cooked or raw, it provides the same amount of water. So don’t be afraid to throw some zucchini on the grill next to your turkey burger.
8. Asparagus (92%)
With its rough texture, most people choose to eat cooked asparagus. But its water content is the same whether you eat it cooked or raw, so go ahead and grill up some spears.
9. Bell peppers (92%)
All shades of bell peppers will quench your thirst, but green ones lead the pack in water content. As a bonus, bell peppers are high in antioxidants.
10. Cabbage (92%)
All common varieties of cabbage contain a lot of water raw and even more when cooked (94%). Some Chinese cabbages, such as bok choy, are 96% water and taste great tossed into a salad.
11. Cauliflower (92%)
If you love riced cauliflower, but don’t like to eat it raw, you’re in luck. Cooked cauliflower, like cabbage, provides even more water (93%) than eating it raw.
12. Mushrooms (92%)
The health benefits of mushrooms are impressive. But to get the most water from your shrooms, eat them raw.
13. Spinach (92%)
Spinach is a great summer staple for salads and smoothies. In addition to its high water content, it’s packed with nutrition including calcium, magnesium, iron and potassium.
14. Strawberries (92%)
These sweet berries are a great choice when you’re hot and sweaty. They’re low in calories, but high in water, fiber and vitamin C.
15. Watermelon (92%)
It’s no surprise that watermelon will hydrate you. But, like tomatoes and other red fruits and veggies, it’s also a great source of lycopene.
Source : https://www.uclahealth.org/news/15-food-that-help-you-stay-hydrated