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Drinking water is the best way to hydrate, but is it possible to get an extra boost from certain fruits and vegetables?
With the summer heat beginning to sweep in, we are more frequently reminded of the importance of drinking water and staying hydrated, but are there foods that can help with that?
This hack, to be clear, is not about finding an alternative to drinking water — it's about foods that can add an additional dose of hydration magic.
This hack is for both the hydration warriors lugging around their massive water bottles as well as people simply looking for tasty dual-purpose snacks. Here are four foods that can help boost your hydration while sating your snacking needs:
Water content: 96%1
Water is not the only thing cucumbers are good for — they also contain high levels of vitamin K, which strengthens bones,23 and potassium, which supports your muscles, nerves, kidneys and heart function.45 Curious about your heart health? Try imaware's at-home Baseline Heart Health Test.
In addition to being a popular snack, cucumber slices are commonly placed on people's eyelids as they enjoy a face mask or other spa experience. This is because cucumbers act as natural cold compresses to soothe swelling or puffiness, the high water content of cucumbers hydrates the skin, and thanks to other nutrients, cucumbers are believed to assist in reducing dark undereye circles.6
Water content: 92%7
It's even in the name! This refreshing juicy snack also contains essential nutrients like vitamins A and C.8 Individuals keeping an eye on their blood glucose levels may be curious to know that while watermelon does have a high glycemic index, which is a scale on how foods may affect blood glucose levels, watermelon has a low glycemic load — a more comprehensive analysis of a food's impact on blood glucose — due to its low amount of carbohydrates.9
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Water content: 91%10
Strawberries are hydrating, delicious and nutritious, with high levels of essential vitamins and minerals. Strawberries are also a great source of fiber, which helps with bowel health, cholesterol levels and blood sugar management.11
Did you know that approximately one cup of strawberries meets the recommended daily value of vitamin C?1213 Vitamin C helps your body produce collagen, absorb iron and maintain a strong immune system.14 Assess your immune system with imaware’s Immune Defense Test.
Water content: 87%15
Like strawberries, oranges are a hydrating snack packed full of vitamin C. Oranges are also a high source of potassium, an essential mineral and one of the significant electrolytes, alongside sodium, magnesium, chloride, calcium, phosphate and bicarbonates.16 The hydrating qualities and electrolyte boost have made oranges a staple for half-time snacks among children's soccer games and NFL leagues alike.17