Healthy Ways to Stay Hydrated This Summer
With the dog days upon us, it can be difficult to drink enough fluids. Luckily, many of the fresh fruits and vegetables that are in season during the summer months contain a significant amount of water, especially when eaten raw. With the adult body comprised of 60 to 70 percent water, the water you consume can have a dramatic affect on your health and wellness. In fact, your body has tremendous healing powers and depends upon water to keep you in good health by repairing, rebuilding, replacing and regenerating tissue and bone.
By adding fresh produce to your menu plan, you can avoid dehydration while providing healthful nutrients like vitamins, minerals, fiber and protein. At the top of the list of high-water content fruits, are watermelons and strawberries, which contain about 92% water by volume. Cantaloupe, grapefruit, peaches, pineapple, oranges, cranberries, blueberries, raspberries, plums and apricots all contain more than 85% water by volume. Vegetables like cucumbers, lettuce, zucchini, radishes and celery are comprised of more than 95% water while broccoli, eggplant, cabbage, spinach, peppers, tomatoes and cauliflower contain more than 90% water.
Your body depends upon a replenishing supply of water to function properly. According to research conducted at the University of Aberdeen Medical School, water-rich fruits and vegetables may be better than water or sports drinks for rehydrating as they help to replace the amino acids, salts and vitamins after an intense workout. If you are managing your weight, substituting high-water content fruits and vegetables have the added benefit of providing a feeling of fullness with a minimal intake of calories.
To learn more about weight loss and proper hydration, contact the Metabolic Research Center for a FREE consultation. We approach weight loss from every angle and will personalize a plan just for you.
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