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Top 10 Hydrating Foods

Top Hydrating Foods
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Hydrating foods can restore electrolytes and rehydrate our bodies – especially during strenuous activities or hot weather. Here are some of the top hydrating foods with at least 85% water content:

1. Cucumber (96% water): Thanks to their ‘cooling effects’ and hydrating properties, cucumbers are one of the most popular foods during summer. They are also a great source of magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, and special nutrients known as cucurbitacins. (Fun fact: Although most people identify the cucumber as a vegetable due to its culinary use, it’s actually a fruit).

2. Watermelon (96% water): The name alone should motivate you to grab a slice and hydrate your body.

3. Pineapple (95% water): This juicy tropical fruit is perfect for hydrating and rejuvenating your body. It contains an enzyme known as bromelain that is believed to have anti-inflammatory properties.

4. Celery (95% water): Aside from its water content, this crunchy vegetable is rich in folate, potassium, vitamin K, proteins, and low calories. Grab a stalk and scoop some peanut for a casual snack.

5. Lettuce (95% water): Did you know that lettuce has sedative-hypnotic effects? [1] The leafy green vegetable is perfect for a hydrating salad packed with vitamins and minerals to wind down after a long day.

6. Tomatoes (94% water): Fruit or vegetable? Tomatoes are a popular culinary ingredient with impressive nutritional content. They are also the main source of lycopene – a compound that prevents cell damage – among the American population. [2]

7. Melon (89% water): Looking for something sweet yet nutritious? Give the melon a try. It’ s high in fiber, vitamin C, and beta carotene.

8. Pears (92% water): This crunchy fruit is filled with water and soluble fiber to meet your daily hydration needs.

9. Grapefruit (90% water): A full grapefruit (246 grams) contains up to 236 grams of dietary water. [3] It’s also rich in folate, potassium, vitamin A, antioxidants, and fiver.

10. Blueberries (95% water): Blueberries are as delicious as they are hydrating. With up to 95% water content, the small berries are the ideal food to carry around or add to shakes.

Please note that this content should never be used as a substitute for direct medical advice from your doctor or other qualified clinicians.


[1] Ghorbani A. et al. 2013. Potentiating Effects of Lactuca sativa on Pentobarbital-Induced Sleep

[2] What’s Lycopene?

[3] Grapefruit, raw, pink and red, all areas Nutrition Facts & Calories

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