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Don’t Forget to Eat Your Water

Are you making sure to stay hydrated this season?

We’re often told to drink plenty of water – up to an ounce for every pound of body weight is a common recommendation.

Getting enough water helps keep us cool, increase our metabolism, and lose weight. You might also know it’s good for our skin, joints and digestion, too.

But did you know we can get up to 20 percent of our daily hydration from foods? Here are some of the best. Most will have a high water content as well as electrolyte minerals such as sodium, potassium, calcium and chloride.

  • Greens like iceberg lettuce, celery, bok choy and cucumbers are loaded with water and good nutrients.
  • Fruits like cantaloupe, strawberries, oranges, kiwi and honeydew melons.
  • Bananas are high in potassium and carbohydrates to help our bodies recover after exercise. They also have fiber, B vitamins and Vitamin C.
  • Watermelon, of course. It’s more than 90 percent water and has potassium and magnesium. Plus, it’s cool and it’s sweet. Mmm!
  • Tomatoes can be consumed in so any easy ways, like soups, salsas, and on their own. Plenty of water, plus potassium sodium and lycopene, which can help against cancer.

Nutritionists tells us these foods are good for us for plenty of other reasons, too. So be sure your daily diet includes plenty of fruits and vegetables.

And don’t forget the water!

Sources: WebMD, Livestrong, The Academy of Culinary Nutrition

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