Top 10 Hydrating Foods

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With the summer heat waves quickly approaching, Health Fitness Revolution has put together a list of the Top 10 Hydrating Foods to eat during this sweltering season… just remember to still drink plenty of water!

Here are Samir Becic’s and Health Fitness Revolution‘s Top 10 Hydrating Foods:

-Cucumber-97% water:

Cucumbers are now known to contain lariciresinol, pinoresinol, and secoisolariciresinol—three lignans that have a strong history of research in connection with reduced risk of cardiovascular disease as well as several cancer types, including breast, uterine, ovarian, and prostate cancers.Celery-96% water.

-Celery-96% water:

Because celery contains potassium and lower levels of sodium, celery is also known as a great diuretic. Rather than taking diet pills to help lose weight, celery helps regulate the balance of fluids in your body and increases the speed at which your body produces urine, meaning you’ll lose water weight by eating celery. In general, celery helps regulate different part of the body and could be a great addition to you if you’re trying to follow a strict diet.Lettuce leaves are one of the very low calorie green-vegetables. 100 g fresh greens provide just 15 calories.

Zucchini-95% water

Zucchini is a low-calorie, high-nutrient vegetable with 95% water content. Besides replenishing the body’s fluids, zucchini has many benefits as it provides vitamin A, vitamin C, folate, and potassium. Zucchini tastes great fresh off the grill or as part of a stir-fry, and can also be eaten raw alone or in a salad.

-Tomatoes-94% water:

The tomato has been referred to as a “functional food,” a food that goes beyond providing just basic nutrition, additionally preventing chronic disease and delivering other health benefits, due to beneficial phytochemicals such as lycopene.

-Watermelon-92% water:

In fact, most melons are rich in potassium, a nutrient that may help control blood pressure, regulate heart beat, and possibly prevent strokes. The 2005 Dietary Guidelines state that a potassium-rich diet helps keep salt from raising blood pressure and may also reduce the risk of developing kidney stones and possibly age-related bone loss.

-Strawberries-92% water:

Reported to be an excellent source of vitamin C, one-half cup of strawberries (one serving) contains approximately 51.5 mg of the vitamin, which is about half of the recommended daily requirement. Since humans do not have the ability to produce vitamin C naturally, one must be sure to include it in a healthy diet. Adequate vitamin C is critical to a strong and healthy immune system. Strawberries also possess a strong anti-oxidant quality and are a good source of manganese and potassium.

-Cantaloupe-92% water:

Cantaloupe or muskmelon is rich of minerals, pro vitamin A, potassium and dietary fiber. Nutrient content in the fruit is beneficial for improving endurance, healthy kidney and spleen function, and lowers blood pressure.

grapefruit-91% water:

Grapefruits not only contain high amounts of vitamin C, but they also contain large amounts of potassium, vitamin A, and Fiber. Grapefruit contains pectin which is a soluble fiber that has been shown to lower cholesterol and slow the buildup of plaque on the inside walls of blood vessels.

-Peaches-89% water:

Several major nutrients, including vitamins A (beta- carotene), C and potassium are packed into each Georgia peach. They’re also an excellent source of fiber, good for blood sugar and keeping cholesterol low.

-Yogurt-88% water:

Yoghurt has strong medicinal properties, including the ability to stimulate the immune system and kill bad “bugs” or bacteria in the human gut. …research at the University of California at Davis showed that eating live-culture yoghurt was associated with higher-than-average levels of gamma interferon, a key component of the body’s immune system.

 

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