20 Water-Rich Foods That Help You Stay Hydrated

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Hydration is a major key to a healthy body. Proper hydration is very important to stay fit and healthy.

Dehydration can cause several health-related issues like fatigue, headache, skin problems, and muscle cramps. Prolonged dehydration can even cause serious health complications like organ failure.

We have all heard the 8-glasses-of-water-per-day rule to stay hydrated, but it's hard enough to drink that many glasses a day.

The good news is that it's not just water that can keep you hydrated, but there are some fruits and veggies, which can fulfill this need.

Here are 20 foods that help you stay hydrated.

1. Watermelon

(95% Water)
Watermelon is one of the most hydrating foods you can consume. This super hydrating fruit is loaded with fiber and other important nutrients like vitamin C, Vitamin A, magnesium, and potassium.

2. Cucumber

(95% Water)
The natural cooling properties of cucumber can protect you from dehydration and overheating.
Apart from keeping you hydrated, cucumber contains a small number of nutrients, such as vitamin K, potassium and magnesium.

3. Tomatoes

(94% Water)
Tomatoes are extremely rich in nutrients, vitamins, and antioxidants. The red vegetable does not only keep you hydrated, but also protects you from numerous diseases.

4. Zucchini

(94% Water)
Zucchini contains manganese, potassium, magnesium, vitamins A, C, and K and fiber.
It also contains antioxidants such as lutein and zeaxanthin, which may help fight damage to the body’s DNA.

5. Cauliflower

(92% Water)
Cauliflower provides a significant amount of water, fiber and nutrients, and it’s a good substitute for grains that are less hydrating.

6. Spinach

(92% Water)
Spinach is high in magnesium and other important vitamins and minerals.
The leafy green vegetable is very hydrating, low in calories and is good for skin, hair, and bone health.

7. Bell Peppers

(92% Water)
Bell peppers are rich in fiber, vitamins and minerals, such as B vitamins and potassium.

Bell peppers also contain carotenoid antioxidants, which may reduce the risk of certain cancers and eye diseases.

8. Mushrooms

(92% Water)
Mushrooms are made up of 92% water. They’re also a good source of Vitamin B2 (riboflavin), which is important for your skin and nervous system.

9. Strawberries

(91% Water)
Strawberries are very healthy and contain lots of water.
They are rich in fiber, disease-fighting antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals, which deliver a number of health benefits.

10. Skim Milk

(91% Water)
Skim milk is rich in water, vitamins and minerals, and has been shown to help people maintain proper hydration, especially after exercise.

11. Cantaloupe

(90% Water)
Cantaloupe is a healthy fruit that provides a significant amount of water and many health-promoting vitamins and minerals.

12. Peaches

(89% Water)
Peaches are rich in water, fiber and antioxidants, in addition to several vitamins and minerals that may promote hydration and provide many other health benefits.

13. Broccoli 

(89% Water)
It's a nutritional powerhouse and provides disease protective phytonutrients, antioxidants, fiber, vitamins, minerals and tastes great.

14. Oranges

(88% Water)
Oranges are rich in vitamin C and potassium, which may boost your immune function and heart health.

This go-to snack is also rich in disease-fighting antioxidants, which may prevent cell damage by decreasing inflammation.

15. Plain Yogurt

(88% Water)
Plain yogurt is a great source of water, protein and some important vitamins and minerals. It may provide hydrating effects, along with many other health benefits.

16. Grape Fruit

(88% Water)
This fruit is low in calories and high in nutrients. It contains powerful antioxidants and which are helpful in boosting immune system, fighting diseases, and helps in weight loss.

17. Apples

(86% Water)
Apples are a good source of water, but they also contain plenty of fiber, vitamin C, and antioxidants such as quercetin and catechin.

18. Pineapples

(86% Water)
Pineapples are a great source of Vitamin C which is essential to fights against cell damage and for boosting your immune system.

The high manganese content of pineapple improves bone health. It also has high fiber content and is loaded with antioxidants.

19. Blueberries

(84% Water)
Blueberries have become a popular health food in recent years. As well as being a source of fibre, vitamins and minerals, blueberries are also made up of 84% water.

Berries are also a great source of antioxidants, which help to protect your cells from being damaged.

20. Mangoes

(83% Water)
Known as the king of fruits and mangoes are great in aiding digestion. They are loaded with antioxidants and can, therefore, boost immunity. They lower cholesterol and promote eye health.

Being hydrated is important as it regulates body temperature, keeps the joints lubricated, prevents infections, delivers important nutrients to cells, keeps the organs functioning properly, improves sleep quality, brain functioning, and mood.

And, in addition to drinking water, including more fruits, vegetables and whole foods in your diet is a great way to incorporate more water in your diet.

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