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10 Foods to Stay Hydrated

It's always hot and humid in the Little Red Dot, but can we all agree that this heat wave we're experiencing is no joke? Apart from taking refuge in the cool relief of the air-conditioned indoors, let’s not forget to stay hydrated.

The old adage of drinking 8 glasses of water a day is thought of as a science-based daily fluid recommendation, but there's actually little evidence to support it. It also doesn't take into account the water content of the foods we consume. In reality, your water requirements can be fulfilled through a combination of factors such as drinking water when you're thirsty, consuming beverages like tea, coffee, milk, and juice, and consuming foods with high water content. Many foods, especially fruits and vegetables, contribute significantly to your daily fluid intake. So there's no need to guzzle down plain water till you feel bloated and have to use the washroom repeatedly.

You can beat the heat with water-rich eats. Here are some hydrating foods that can help you stay hydrated:

  1. Cucumbers: Cucumbers are made up of about 96% water, making them an excellent hydrating and refreshing snack. They are also low in calories and rich in vitamins and minerals. They can be added to salads, sandwiches, or infused in water.

  2. Watermelon: As the name suggests, watermelon is packed with water. It's refreshing and hydrating, thanks to its high water content, which is around 92%. Watermelon is also a good source of vitamins A and C.

  3. Strawberries: Strawberries are packed with water and provide vital nutrients. They have a water content of approximately 91% and are a good source of antioxidants and vitamin C. Enjoy them as a snack, add them to smoothies, or include them in salads.

  4. Oranges: Oranges are not only juicy and refreshing but also hydrating. They are composed of approximately 88% water and are rich in vitamin C, fibre, and various other nutrients. Eat them as a snack or squeezed them into juice.

  5. Pineapples: Pineapple has a high water content of about 87%. It's a great option for hydration and also provides vitamins, minerals, and digestive enzymes. It offers natural sweetness and can be enjoyed on its own or incorporated into various recipes.

  6. Tomatoes: Tomatoes are rich in antioxidants and have a water content of about 94%. They are also rich in lycopene, an antioxidant known for its health benefits. They can be used in salads, sandwiches, or cooked into delicious sauces.

  7. Celery: With a water content of about 95%, celery is a hydrating vegetable that can be enjoyed raw or added to soups and salads. It's also a good source of fibre and vitamins.

  8. Spinach: Spinach is a leafy green vegetable that contains about 92% water. It's highly nutritious, packed with vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. This nutrient-dense leafy green can be used in salads, stir-fries, or smoothies.

  9. Capsicums: Capsicum contains a water content of around 92%. They are also rich in vitamins A and C.

  10. Coconut Water: While not a food, coconut water is a natural and refreshing drink that can help replenish electrolytes and hydrate the body. It's low in calories and rich in potassium.

Don't be the person who's constantly complaining about the heat and feeling sluggish—be the person who's crushing their water intake and feeling refreshed and energized. Your body will thank you for it!

Dreamline Bodyclinic


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