This article originally appeared on Evolve MMA.
Haven’t been able to drink enough water for the day? Don’t sweat it. Instead of desperately trying to chug down glasses of water, you can increase your water intake by munching on hydrating foods. Apart from having a high water content, these foods also contain lots of nutrients and are low in calories. And the best part is that they help increase your fluid intake while keeping you satisfied on fewer calories – so you don’t overeat.
Today, Evolve Daily shares 7 Water-Rich Foods That Can Keep You Hydrated All Day:
You probably know that cucumbers help soothe swollen eyes and sunburnt skin. Well, this is because it contains caffeic acid and vitamin C, as well as – you guessed it – water! Psst! Cucumbers have the highest water content among all solid foods, so why not include it in your salads, or slice it up and serve it with hummus as a dip!
As its name suggests, watermelon is rich in water and can definitely increase your fluid intake. The University of Aberdeen Medical School has reported that watermelons have the ability to hydrate more effectively than water and even sports drinks – all thanks to its combination of minerals, salts, and natural sugars. What’s more, it also contains lycopene, which is an antioxidant that can potentially protect against cancer and heart disease.
With a significant amount of sodium and potassium, yogurt has the ability to help replace the electrolytes that your body loses when you become dehydrated. Besides its high water content, yogurt also contains some B vitamins – such as riboflavin and B12 – and calcium, as well as gut-friendly probiotics that help your body with digestion.
It doesn’t matter whether you like to have your strawberries as they are, or blended into a smoothie. One thing’s for sure: you should snack on these hydrating berries regularly! This is because strawberries happen to have a higher water content than their other berry counterparts – blueberries, raspberries, and blackberries.
Studies have shown that people who eat one serving of strawberries daily had higher blood levels of folate, a B vitamin which plays a role in keeping the arteries clear, so they’re definitely much more than just a hydrating fruit. Double the water content you’re consuming by mixing strawberries with yogurt!
For those who want to lose weight, spinach is a great option for you! Due to the fact that it is rich in potassium, fiber, lutein, and folate, there’s no doubt that spinach will give your body the nutrients it needs. What’s more, a cup of raw leaves contains 15% of your recommended daily intake of vitamin E, which is important for fighting off free radicals. So why not add some raw spinach leaves in your salad or sandwich to boost your water intake while reaping the nutritional benefits that spinach offers?
6) Baby carrots
If you’re in need of a snack, why not eat some baby carrots! As they contain more water than full-size carrots, it comes as no surprise that they are lunchbox essentials – since they’re so convenient to carry around. Apart from that, baby carrots can easily be added to salads or eaten with guacamole or hummus dip.
Besides being rich in water, carrots also contain more beta-carotene (a powerful antioxidant) than any other fruit or vegetable. The compounds in carrot have also been found to help protect against lung, skin and oral cavity cancers.
Feel like having something sweet? Then why not satisfy your sweet tooth with cantaloupe? Although cantaloupe is 90% water, it’s still bursting with flavor, and the best part is that a serving delivers 100% of your recommended daily intake of vitamins A and C – and it’s only slightly over 50 calories!
Now that you know about these hydrating foods, why not include them in your daily diet so that you don’t have to worry about getting dehydrated? Of course, this doesn’t mean that you should replace your 8 glasses of water with these foods – so drink up and stay hydrated!