It’s common knowledge that staying hydrated throughout the day is important for your health. But most people don’t realize that over 20% of their daily water intake comes from the foods they eat. When you’re on the go, sometimes you can’t always snag a glass of filtered water to refresh and hydrate yourself. The following foods are all packed with fluid content to help you stay hydrated throughout the day.
- Watermelon: It has “water” in its name for a reason. Watermelons are 92% water, and are the fruit of choice for athletes during recovery post-race. In addition to its water content watermelon also contains magnesium, calcium, and potassium, all essential for refueling after exercise.
- Cucumber: Cucumbers clock in at an astounding rate of 97% water content, and their mild taste means you can eat them with nearly anything throughout the day for a hydration boost. Cucumbers are rich in Vitamin C, and as such are also helpful in keeping your immune system sharp and operating efficiently.
- Spinach: The go-to energy food of Popeye the Sailor Man is a nutrient-dense vegetable that’s also rich in water content. Along with being 92% water, spinach contains high levels of calcium, fiber, folate, and vitamins A, C, and K. Stay hydrated and get a healthy dose of essential minerals.
- Berries: Raspberries, blueberries, blackberries, and cranberries all contain more than 85% water. In addition to being delicious and easy to add into your daily diet, berries are full of essential vitamins and antioxidants to provide a healthy alternate to other sweet foods. Add them to your salad for a burst of water.
- Peppers: Peppers, or capsicum, can be purchases in four colors: red, yellow, orange, and green. Green peppers pack the most water content, at an impressive 94%. Chop a few peppers and bring them with you for an afternoon snack for increased hydration and a healthy dose of antioxidants.
- Grapefruit: The tangy flavor of grapefruit makes it an irresistible snack, and it has 90% water content. In addition to being a great choice to stay hydrated, grapefruit helps stabilize sugar and lipid profiles and is shown to lower LDL cholesterol levels as well.
- Cantaloupe: Cantaloupe is easy to mix with many other fruits to add flavor to a snack or fruit salad. Its water content is very high (92%) and cantaloupe is an excellent source of potassium to keep your energy level up.
Eating a variety of these foods throughout the day will guarantee you stay hydrated even if you’re not sipping on a cool glass of water. But food alone won’t do the job – when at home, be sure to drink filtered water for a healthy balance of hydration. NSF-certified filters like Pelican Water’s countertop filter ensure your water is safer and cleaner.