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Five Foods To Keep You Hydrated This Summer

While drinking enough water is the best way to stay hydrated, getting in the required eight glasses per day. That can sometimes seem daunting, and that amount increases when exercising or spending a lot of time outdoors in the heat. The good news is that you don’t have to only drink water to meet your daily hydration needs. You can also get a lot of your daily water intake from foods that have a high-water content, mainly fruits and vegetables.

 

Courgettes have become quite a versatile vegetable ranging from pasta to fries so it's not hard to keep this delicious veg in your daily diet. Courgettes contain manganese, potassium, magnesium, fibre and vitamins A, C and K.

Water content: 92.73%

 

Tomatoes I mean who doesn’t love tomatoes?! Although many people consider tomatoes to be a vegetable, it is botanically a fruit that is rich in fibre, vitamins C and K, folate, and potassium. Tomatoes also contain lycopene, which helps prevent cell damage.

Water content: 94.52%

 

Cucumbers are fabulous to enjoy in a refreshing drink or in a delicious salad. Although they do not boast the highest vitamin and mineral content of some other fruits and vegetables, they do contain special nutrients called cucurbitacins, which suggests they could have an antidiabetic effect. Cucumber water is also a popular summer drink for people who do not like the taste of plain water.

Water content: 96.73%

 

Iceberg lettuce is not as nutrient dense as some of its leafy green counterparts, but it still offers great health benefits. It is low in carbohydrates, low in sugar but contains fibre, vitamin A and K and zinc. A fun fact is apparently lettuce can help you fall asleep. 

Water content: 95.64%

 

Watermelon is a fruit that mostly contains water. It's packed with vitamin A, which boosts immunity and is good for the eyes. Not only is it a great source of water, but it is also full of vitamin C, which boosts immunity as well. Watermelon also has potassium, which maintains water balance in the body, prevents muscle cramps and keeps your heart healthy. 

Water content: 91.45%

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