Wondering which foods are best to eat on a hot summer day to help you stay hydrated?
Since water is one of the most important substances that our body needs to maintain equilibrium and good health, it is very important to drink enough water and/or eat high water content foods to avoid dehydration.
Dehydration will zap our energy and interfere with normal body functions. It occurs when our body’s loss of water exceeds our intake of water. Strenuous exercise, extremely hot weather, high altitude, and a decreased sense of thirst are all factors in whether or not we are becoming dehydrated.
A combination of drinking water and eating high water content foods should keep us from becoming dehydrated. Our water intake through foods could form about 20% of our daily water consumption. Here is a (partial) list of foods that have a high water content, with fruits and vegetables leading the way:
Fruits (high in vitamins, minerals and fiber):
- Apricots (about 86% water)
- Banana (about 74% water)
- Blueberries (about 85% water)
- Cantaloupe (about 90% water)
- Coconut water (about 95% water)
- Grapefruit (about 90% water)
- Peaches (about 89% water)
- Pear (about 85% water)
- Pineapples (about 87% water)
- Raspberries (about 87% water)
- Strawberries (about 90% water)
- Watermelon (about 92% water)
Vegetables (high in vitamins, minerals and fiber):
- Bell peppers (about 91% water)
- Cabbage, red (about 92% water)
- Carrots (about 87% water)
- Celery (about 95% water)
- Cucumber (about 96% water)
- Eggplant (about 90% water)
- Radishes (about 95% water)
- Spinach (about 90% water)
- Tomato (about 90% water)
- Zucchini (about 90% water)
Meat, Fish and Poultry (high in protein, vitamins and minerals):
- Beef – ground, extra lean (about 63% water)
- Chicken (about 69% water)
- Eggs (about 75% water)
- Flounder (about 79% water)
Two other foods that have a high water content are soups and plain yogurt.
Even when the weather is very hot, it is also important for us to remember to have enough fiber and protein in our daily food intake to keep our energy level high, and maintain good health.
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