When the temperature rises, our bodies crave refreshment. We guzzle down water, iced tea and sports drinks to avoid dehydration, which drains energy and prevents the body from being able to maintain its usual functions.
Experts recommend drinking at least two liters of water per day, depending on a variety of factors, such as exercise. And while most of the water we consume comes in a glass, people receive about 20% of their water intake through food.
Here are five of the most hydrating foods you should keep in your fridge this summer — plus three things you should consume in moderation.
At over 95% water, veggies don’t get any more hydrating than this. In addition to replenishing water and eliminating toxins from the body, cucumbers have been shown to help control blood pressure, assist with weight loss and reduce cholesterol, among other health benefits.
This pretty pink fruit is packed with about 90% water, living up to its name. Your body will still appreciate the summertime snack long after the seed-spitting contest is over, as watermelon has been associated with everything from improved heart health to reduced muscle soreness in athletes.
Whether you like ‘em red, orange, yellow or green, peppers are a healthy, hydrating, low-calorie snack. Depending on the color, they clock in around 92% to 94% water and offer an array of vitamins and antioxidants, including Vitamins A and C.