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The Best Foods, Beverages to Keep You Hydrated

Staying hydrated means so much more than drinking water. In today's post, find out which foods and beverages can help you keep it all in balance.. Learn more at eVitamins, the largest online health UK superstore.
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We would never recommend a purely liquid diet, but you do need to think about how much liquid is in your diet. What do we mean? Eating and drinking the right foods is key to maintaining proper hydration throughout the body.

The Importance of Hydration
Staying properly hydrated assists the body in carrying out countless daily functions. It also keeps your skin glowing and clear, your digestive system regular and your body natural detoxified. The symptoms of dehydration aren't subtle -- even if you didn't know you were dehydrated, you can probably recall days you experienced these signs. The most common symptoms of dehydration include headache, dizziness, dry mouth, fatigue and dry skin.

Hydrating Foods
Eating foods with a high water content will help you maintain the proper water balance in your body while also filling you up. That means these foods help you stay on track with your diet. It's best to eat them raw whenever possible, to avoid cooking all that water out.

All eight of the following foods contain more than 90 percent water. Find out what else they have offer:

  • Cantaloupe -- This melon also provides vitamin A, which is needed for healthy eyes and skin.
  • Cucumber -- Cucumbers, with the skin on, are a wonderful source of silica, a mineral that keeps the hair, skin and nails strong.
  • Pineapple -- In addition to hydration, pineapples provide the enzyme bromelain for proper digestion.
  • Tomatoes -- Eating tomatoes is a great way to get more of the antioxidant lycopene into your diet.
  • Watermelon -- Watermelons are actually rich in calcium, the essential mineral for strong bones and teeth. 
  • Bell Peppers -- Just one bell pepper provides more than 100 percent of your daily vitamin C.
  • Radishes -- Spicy radishes actually support digestion and have soothing properties.
  • Spinach -- Another great source of vitamin A, spinach leaves provide additional antioxidant support.

Hydrating Beverages
Plain old water is without a doubt the best thing you can drink. The body needs at least eight glasses of fluid a day to maintain proper balance, but you can switch up a few of those glasses of water for something else, depending on your activity and the time of day.

These five drinks are worth keeping on hand to maintain hydration and so much more:

  • Coconut Water -- The water within coconuts contains electrolytes like potassium, which helps maintain fluid balance, making it a perfect post-workout drink.
  • Tomato Juice -- Another way to get lycopene is through raw tomato juice, which mixes easily with other juices.
  • Watermelon Juice -- Throw some watermelon in a blender and you have juice in seconds. Mix in a little lime juice and you'll think you're drinking a soda.
  • Green Tea -- Turn your glass of water into a cup of green tea for the antioxidant EGCG, which supports the metabolism.
  • Tart Cherry Juice -- A glass of tart cherry juice will assist in muscle recovery after exercise.

Make nutrition and hydration important factors in your diet and you'll reap the benefits from head to toe! For more tips, check back tomorrow at eVitamins!

 

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