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5 Water-rich Foods to Keep You Hydrated

Jul 10, 2012

To keep it functioning normally and to prevent dehydration, your body needs an ongoing water supply throughout the day-especially in extreme temperatures. And while nothing beats a tall glass of water to quench your thirst, foods can also supply some of your daily water needs. Enjoy some of these water-rich choices to beat the heat.Crisp Lettuce

Crisp lettuce tops the list: it's 96 percent water. In addition to assisting in hydration needs, lettuce is also a source of potassium, folate, antioxidants and smaller amounts of vitamins C and K. So load up! A nice big salad sounds mighty refreshing for a hot day.


There's a reason watermelon is a staple at picnics and cookouts. It's tasty and refreshing! But it's also made up of about 91 percent water and is a source of vitamins A and C and contains lycopene, fiber and potassium. So basically, it's a win-win summer food.


Cool down with grapefruit. This tropical fruit is about 90 percent water. Grapefruit is also low in calories and a good source of phytonutrients and vitamin C. Pink and red varieties also provide vitamin A and lycopene. Try it chilled for an energizing and hydrating addition to breakfast.


Broccoli might not be the obvious choice, but this cruciferous veggie packs a wallop of H2O, coming in at about 89 percent water. In addition, it includes vitamin C, calcium, fiber, iron and beta carotene (which is converted to vitamin A by the body). Try it tossed with Greek yogurt, nuts and raisins for a simple, tangy treat.

Low-Fat Milk and Yogurt

Low-fat dairy can add protein, phosphorus, potassium and vitamins A and D to your diet, but guess what? It's also a source of water! Low-fat milk and yogurt rank high on the list of water-rich foods, at 89 percent and 85 percent water, respectively. So eat your recommended three cups today!

Source: Eat Right


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