12 Foods That Will Keep You Hydrated This Summer

 

Remembering to stay hydrated is extremely important when it comes to our overall health and well-being. This is true throughout the year and becomes especially significant during the hot summer months. We have comprised a handy list of nutritious foods that you can consume to help keep your body hydrated while you’re having fun in the sun this summer!

 

Please note that while consuming these foods can provide your body with some extra hydration, it is also essential to continue to drink water frequently during the day.

 

Cucumber
With nearly 97% water content, cucumber is at the top of the list for water content amongst all other solid foods. This versatile vegetable is not only packed with water, it’s also low in fat.

 

Cucumber can be added to smoothies, salads, used as a substitute for crackers, or even dipped into hummus!

 

Celery
This high-fiber, low calorie vegetable is perfect for the hot summer weather. Sitting at nearly 96% water content, celery also has a powerhouse of other nutrients, such as vitamin C, A, and K, as well as folate! Celery can be enjoyed with hummus, in smoothies, salads, or dipped in organic almond or peanut butter.

 

Partially due to the high content of water, celery has also been found to help reduce the occurrence of acid reflux, and also neutralize stomach acids.

 

Radishes
Boasting almost 96% water content, this colorful veggie should be added into all of your salads! Along with helping to hydrate your body, radishes contain antioxidants, like catechin, which is also found in green tea.

 

Tomatoes
Popularly used on sandwiches, in salads, soups and sauces, tomatoes are not only versatile, but also nutritious. At 94.5% water content, they can play a significant role in re-hydrating our bodies. Grape and cherry style tomatoes are a convenient, portable snack that you can eat this summer while keeping your body feeling refreshed. Additionally, tomatoes also contain a large amount of lycopene which can assist in protecting your skin. Click here to learn about more nutrients that can help protect your skin this summer.

 

Green peppers
At nearly 94% water, green peppers take the gold when competing amongst other bell peppers. Packed with antioxidants, peppers make for a great snack before bed time, or as something to munch on while preparing dinner.

 

Cauliflower
White in color, and jam packed with water, cauliflower also contains a host of other phytonutrients and vitamins that have been found to help lower cholesterol. Additionally in 2012, Vanderbilt University performed a study of breast cancer patients and found that, eating vegetables from the cruciferous family, like cauliflower, broccoli, kale and Brussel sprouts had a relation to lower risk of cancer recurrence.

 

If you’re trying to find more uses for cauliflower, look no further! It can be chopped finely and used as a substitute for rice, or thrown into salads for crunchiness in place of croutons. At 92.1% water content, it is an excellent vegetable to have on hand this summer!

 

Watermelon
With a name like watermelon, it’s pretty easy to conclude that consuming it is an excellent way to re-hydrate. With nearly 92% water content, this delicious, sweet fruit is also one of the best sources for lycopene, a cancer fighting antioxidant.

 

Though watermelon on its own is delicious and provides us with much needed hydration in the summer heat, it can also be enjoyed in other ways. Try adding watermelon to ice cube trays, and serving it in your water for a fun, colorful summertime drink!

 

Spinach
Sitting at nearly 92% water content, spinach is also packed with potassium, lutein, fiber, and folate. If that wasn’t enough, just one cup of plain spinach contains a whopping 15% of your recommended daily intake of vitamin E. The high levels of vitamin E provide essential antioxidants that assist in fighting off free radicles in our bodies.

 

Spinach can be enjoyed in a salad, on a sandwich or in a smoothie. Pack your body full of nutrients by eating more spinach this summer.

 

Strawberries
This sweet red berry takes the award for highest water content amongst other berries like raspberries, blueberries and blackberries. With 91% water content, strawberries are a great source for hydration. Strawberries can be enjoyed in a variety of ways, some of which include on their own, or in smoothies.

 

Broccoli
Much like cauliflower, broccoli is a great vegetable to consume to increase hydration. However, it has a higher content of nutrients than that of its relative, cauliflower. Packed with fiber, potassium, vitamin C and vitamin A, broccoli is a very notable vegetable on the grand scale of nutrients. Not only that broccoli is the only vegetable in the cruciferous family that contains something called sulforaphane – a molecule that helps remove cancer-causing chemicals and also enhances the body’s protective enzymes.

 

Cantaloupe
Along with having 92% water content, this melon is a great way to get your daily dose of vitamin A and C. In fact, just one 6 ounce serving contains 100% of your recommended daily intake of both essential vitamins.
Due to its sweet flavor, cantaloupe is a great summer desert, on its own, or pureed and frozen into melon sherbet.

 

Source: http://www.health.com/health/gallery/0,,20709014,00.html