Eat (and Drink) Your Way to Hydration
Staying hydrated can mean more than just drinking water. Here are a few options to keep you hydrated—some just might be more interesting than water.
Staying hydrated can mean more than just drinking water. Here are a few options to keep you hydrated—some just might be more interesting than water!
1. Watermelon – 92%*
a. Very healthy and one of the most hydrating foods you can eat. Because of their water content, watermelons have a very low-calorie density, which promotes weight loss and reduces appetite.1
2. Strawberries – 91%
a. Strawberries provide lots of fiber, disease-fighting antioxidants, and vitamins and minerals, including vitamin C, folate, and manganese. Eating strawberries on a regular basis has been shown to reduce inflammation.2
3. Cantaloupe – 90%
a. Cantaloupe contains immense amounts of vitamins and minerals while also providing a significant amount of water. It’s rich in vitamin A, providing 120% of your daily needs in one cup.
4. Skim milk – 91%
a. Milk has considerable amounts of vitamins and minerals and helps maintain proper hydration, especially after a workout (even better than sports drinks or plain water).
5. Broths and soups – 92%
a. These are known to be hydrating because they’re water based. Studies have shown that those who consume soup before the main course of a meal tend to eat fewer calories in one sitting.1
*Note: Percentages are the amount of water content
Related: Eating the Rainbow
1. Elliot, Brianna. “19 Water-Rich Foods That Help You Stay Hydrated.” HealthLine, 2017, healthline.com/nutrition/19-hydrating-foods.
2. NCBI. “Promising Health Benefits of the Strawberry.” 2016, ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/27172913