In the world of thirst quenchers, watermelon weighs in as a major contender. Based on its name, it’s no surprise this fruit is made up of 92 percent water! But its salt, calcium and magnesium is what makes it ideal for rehydration. The summertime staple is also a good source of potassium, vitamin A and vitamin C.
This often-overlooked veggie is way more than chicken wing garnish! Celery stalks are about 95 percent water, high in fiber and rich in minerals including potassium and vitamin K.
3. Drink Enough Water
While water isn’t the only factor when it comes to staying hydrated, it does start with water. Your No. 1 goal should be to start drinking half of your body weight in ounces of water a day. This isn’t about strictly how much water you to take in, either. It’s just as much about how much fluid leaves your body as well.
Chamomile is considered as a great re-hydrating agent, along with being an analgesic and de-stressing herb. It also comes as a de-caffeinated tea option that further helps you keep hydrated by replacing the fluids lost due to dehydration. Take about two to three dried chamomile flowers (or tea) in a cup of hot water and let it soak for 10 minutes before straining it. Have two to three cups of chamomile tea every day.
Asparagus helps the body to retain fluids, thereby preventing dehydration. It is super rich in fiber that stimulates absorption of water in the body. It also cools down your body temperature in this heat. You can use asparagus in various salads and vegetables or consume in the form of tea, supplements, etc
No matter how you slice ‘em and dice ‘em, cucumbers keep cool at the number one spot on the list of water-logged fruits and vegetables. At 96 percent water, cukes have no saturated fat or cholesterol, and are very high in vitamin K, vitamin B6 and iron.
Even without the shortcake, strawberries are a sweet treat perfect for staying hydrated. They are 92 percent water (the most of any berry) and are loaded with fiber and vitamin C as if you needed an excuse to sip on this refreshing summer cocktail.
8. Coconut water
There’s a reason people go nuts for this tropical drink. Unlike sports beverages, coconut water is low in carbohydrates, while still rich in potassium. And its unsweetened varieties can be very hydrating (assuming you like its unique taste). In Sports & Exercise, the all-natural beverage is effective in re hydrating after light exercise. But for more rigorous sweat sessions, the low-sodium drink does come up short in replenishing the salt your body loses.
Not only will your daily cup contribute to your water needs, coffee can also give you a sharper memory, boost athletic endurance and performance, and reduce the risk of many serious ailments including diabetes and heart disease.
Iceberg lettuce may be 96 percent water, but it’s not known for much else in the nutrition department. Richer salad greens and sandwich toppers including butter head, romaine and spinach are more well-rounded choices and still up your hydration.