Hydrating Foods to Eat on a Sunny Day

Your body consists of water, majorly 65 to 75% water and the rest is through food. You’ve probably heard of the statement that you should drink at least 8 glasses of water a day. For women 9 cups a day and for men 13 cups a day. We release water faster than we consume, through sweats, waste products etc.

Now you might see this much drinking as a lot. It is and it can become boring too. However, there are other ways to get more water into your system and we recommend fruits. Almost all our beverages are liquid and some fruits and vegetables just add to the lot.

In order to consume more water without drinking water (especially if it has become a kind of taste in your mouth), fruits are the ideal way to go. Here are a few fruits to consume on a sunny day and any other day to have enough water in your system

1. Cucumber

Water Content: 96%

This popular vegetable has the highest water content for a solid meal. It can keep you hydrated, refreshed and full during outdoor activities and when you don’t feel like taking in water. They are filled with nutritional value like vitamin C, K, and B. They also contain other nutrients like magnesium, potassium and copper, providing enough nutrients to prevent deficiencies.

2. Zucchini

Water Content: 95%

This might look like a cucumber but they are entirely two different vegetables. The only thing they have in common is the high water content and nutritional value. They contain nutrients like Vitamin C, B, and A, calcium, iron and magnesium. When you cook this the wrong way, you are eliminating the water content. It’s best eaten raw or you could research ways to prepare zucchini so you can still benefit from its water content.

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3. Tomato

Water Content: 94%

According to the Department of Food Sciences at North Carolina State University, “Tomatoes are the second most produced and consumed vegetable nationwide and ­are a rich source of lycopene, beta-carotene, folate, potassium, vitamin C, flavonoids, and vitamin E.” They also help to fight cancer and improve heart health. Including these in your salad or eating them raw is ideal.

4. Pineapple

Water Content: 87%

If avocado is the butter of mother nature, pineapple is the candy of mother nature. This delicious fruit is highly hydrating and sweet. You can’t get enough of this fruit, so consume more. It is highly dense in nutrients, antioxidants and minerals. It is rich in bromelin that aids in fighting cancer cells from forming.

It is the least of the fruits that is pesticides laden due to its hard cover and is listed on the clean fifteen as a safe fruit to eat without too much worry. All you have to do is wash, peel and cut in chunks. There are many pineapple recipes to make, be it as juice or as addition to a meal or the main meal.

 5. Watermelon

Water Content: 92%

The best to eat on a hot day. This delicious fruit is just as hydrating as it is satisfying. The best fruit to consume just right after an intensive exercise or as soon as you come back from work etc. If you need to cool down after a stressed day, aim for some water melon. These can be added to your salads and or made as a juice. Research recipes and enjoy the benefits of using watermelon in your meals.

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