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    Published: April 4, 2016

    Foods That Help You Stay Hydrated

    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.