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Hydrating Foods That Fuel You

By Brandi Goodman  

We're always reminded that we need to stay hydrated to stay healthy. That doesn't have to mean drinking a gallon of water each day, though. Sure, you should be drinking the liquid regularly to help your bodily systems function correctly, but there are other ways to hydrate your body. Several foods work to fuel you well while also giving you that extra water you need for your well-being.

Watermelon

It has water in the name, so of course, watermelon is going to top the list for hydrating options. With nutrients that can help fight oxidative stress, relieve soreness in your muscles, and boost heart health, everyone should be adding this juicy fruit to their regular menu. Although you may struggle to find a full-size watermelon at the grocery store year-round, many stores do keep watermelon slices in stock. Or, you can find them amongst other options in a fruit tray. 

Peaches

Peaches are another juicy fruit that should be on your daily "yes" list. Although the canned variety isn't the worst thing you can eat, it's really more beneficial if you stick with whole peaches from the produce aisle. Canned peaches are often placed in a heavy syrup that adds to the sugar and calorie count. You also get more of the powerful, disease-fighting antioxidants if you eat the skin, and canned options don't often keep it. 

Cucumbers

Cucumbers are one of the most hydrating vegetables you can have on your plate. With 95% water in their makeup, it's no wonder why. Cucumbers are also excellent sources of potassium and Vitamin K. With a low calorie count, you can eat an entire cucumber and never have to feel guilty about doing so.

Zucchini

Zucchini is yet another ideal vegetable. Being made up of 94% water ensures this low-calorie option remains on the list of what's good for you. With fiber and Vitamin C included, it's even more imperative that you add this veggie to your regular meal choices. 

Strawberries

Strawberries offer antioxidants, fiber, folate, and Vitamin C. This water-rich fruit is a popular choice among many. Eat them whole, dice them up and add them to yogurt, add some to oatmeal, or enjoy one dipped in chocolate syrup or whipped cream for a delicious dessert. 

Your body needs to stay hydrated daily to avoid serious symptoms. While you should, of course, be drinking plenty of water to make that happen, you can also add these hydrating foods to your day to help ensure you reach the right amount. Add fruits and veggies with high water content to every meal so you can give your mind and body what they require.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Santee, Calif.

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