If your water bottle travels with you everywhere, sip on this thought: Drinking water isn’t the only way to stay hydrated.
Food can significantly affect your daily fluid needs. In fact, you can obtain much of the liquid you need from the food and beverages (other than water) you eat and drink every day. So if you’re trying to increase your intake of fluids, add these hydrating foods to your diet to get a boost:
1. Cucumbers: The flesh of cucumbers is primarily composed of water but also contains vitamin C and caffeic acid, both of which help soothe skin irritations and reduce swelling-which is why cucumbers are often used to help swollen eyes and sunburn.
2. Watermelon: A 2009 study at the University of Aberdeen Medical School found that the combination of salts, minerals and natural sugars in some fruits and vegetables can actually hydrate people more effectively than water or even sports drinks. Watermelon was on top of the list, thanks to its 92 percent water content and essential rehydration salts calcium, magnesium, potassium and sodium.
3. Pineapple: This exceptionally juicy fruit is packed with bromelain, a mixture of compounds with potent anti-inflammatory powers. In other words, eat pineapple now and you may avoid pain meds in the future.
4. Mixed Greens Salad: Most lettuce greens contain 94 percent water, making it a low-energy density food. In other words, you’ll feel fuller on fewer calories and lose weight faster.
5. Tomatoes:Tomatoes are composed of about 95 percent water. That means that along with signature sweetness comes enough moisture to cut back on (or take the place of) higher-calorie condiments on your sandwich.
6. Wild Blueberries: Is there anything blueberries can’t do? Studies have linked this superfruit to everything from cancer prevention and better heart health, to anti-aging and improved eyesight.
7. Celery: Crunchy celery is 96 percent water, but it also provides a combination of mineral salts, amino acids and vitamins that research shows may hydrate your body twice as effectively as a glass of water.
8. Pears: Beyond their sweet, refreshing taste, one medium pear contains 6 grams of dietary fiber, or 24 percent of the daily recommended value. Plus, the type of fiber found in pears (soluble fiber) helps you feel full for a longer period of time, which means it can help you lose weight.
9. Cantaloupe: Even though this popular melon is 90 percent water, it’s still packed with refreshingly rich flavor—for just 56 calories per cup. One cup of cantaloupe also provides 103.2 percent of the daily value for vitamin A.
10. Grapefruit:According to researchers at Scripps Clinic in California, the chemical properties of grapefruit lower insulin levels and help control appetite, which can lead to weight loss. Try adding half a grapefruit to your breakfast or drink a glass of freshly squeezed grapefruit juice any time of day.
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