Foods to Keep Your Body Hydrated

Through the heat of the summer, it’s more important than ever to keep your body hydrated. While the conventional advice (and good advice!!) is to drink lots of water, you can also keep your body well hydrated by making a few additions to your diet. To keep yourself healthy and thriving all summer long, check out these simple diet changes to add to the list.

Cucumber

Eating cucumber is a great way to keep your body full of H2O. According to a recent article on health.com, cucumber is approximately 97% water! That’s quite a bit for such a little veggie. Luckily, cucumber is a great addition to a summer menu. Add it to salads, eat it with dip, or slice it up and eat it raw as a snack. Any way you devour this treat will give you the healthy watery benefits.

Celery

Celery, according to the same article mentioned above, is approximately 95% water. So with this treat you’re taking in almost all water. The best part about snacking on celery is that the physical act of chewing burns more calories than celery possesses. Its water content makes you feel full, and you burn more calories just by eating it. This treat is a win-win for summer.

Tomatoes

This yummy and easy treat is just under 95% water. The best part about tomatoes is that it is so easy to add to your normal diet. Add it to a salad for a hydrating addition. Slice it up and put it on your burger or sandwich. Buy the tiny cherry kind and eat them as a satisfying snack in the middle of the day. Tomatoes are another great way to keep your body hydrated and healthy through the summer months.

Avoid Alcohol and Caffeine

While a little of either of these is really ok, consuming too much of either can drain your body of water. These 2 drinks are one of the quickest ways to dehydrate the body. If you need caffeine, fine. Just try to limit your intake to a healthy level. Want to partake in a little alcohol? This is ok too as long as you limit your intake and follow it with a large quantity of water the following day.

Keeping your body full of water is vital to make your body functions work properly. While you should definitely drink your fair share of water, you can also use these foods to give your body a little extra hydration all summer long.

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