Water-Rich Foods That Help You Stay Hydrated
It is important for your body to have plenty of fluids each day. Water helps you digest your food, absorb nutrients from food, and then get rid of the unused waste. Water is found in foods—both solids and liquids, as well as in its natural state. With age, you might lose some of your sense of thirst. In fact, not drinking enough water can lead to dehydration, which can cause fatigue, headaches, skin problems, muscle cramps, low blood pressure, and a rapid heart rate. Prolonged dehydration can lead to serious complications like organ failure. While drinking water is especially important, you can also get some fluids from foods you eat. There are many healthy foods that can contribute a large amount of water to your diet.
Try these foods for help with getting enough fluids:
Watermelon. Watermelon is one of the most hydrating foods you can eat. A one-cup serving contains over a half cup of water, in addition to fiber and several important nutrients, including vitamin C, vitamin A, and magnesium.
Strawberries. Because about 91% of strawberries’ weight comes from water, eating them will contribute to your daily water intake. Furthermore, strawberries provide lots of fiber, disease-fighting antioxidants, and vitamins and minerals, including vitamin C, folate, and manganese.
Cantaloupe. One cup of cantaloupe is composed of about 90% water and delivers more than a half cup of water per serving. Additionally, cantaloupe is rich in vitamin A, providing 120% of your daily needs in a one-cup serving. Studies have shown that vitamin A may boost immune health by protecting against infection.
Milk. Milk is made up of mostly water and provides a considerable amount of vitamins and minerals, including vitamin A, calcium, riboflavin, vitamin B12, phosphorus, and potassium.
Cucumber. Cucumbers are another healthy and hydrating food to include in your diet. They are made up almost entirely of water and provide a small amount of some nutrients, such as vitamin K, potassium, and magnesium.
Other foods such as celery, tomatoes, zucchini, tomatoes, peaches, celery, peppers, oranges, lettuce, broths and soups, cottage cheese, and yogurt are hydrating as well.
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