Friday, July 13, 2018

Stay Hydrated This Summer

Why is it so important to drink enough water? Everything in your body relies on hydration for proper functioning. Water helps move oxygen and nutrients through the blood to your cells, lowers stress on the heart, prevents muscle cramping, helps keep skin cells plump and young-looking, and flushes toxins from the body. Sometimes it can be tough to drink enough water. Did you know you can eat your water?!

 Broccoli - 90.7% water

Raw broccoli adds a satisfying crunch to a salad. Its nutritional profile— includes lots of fiber, potassium, vitamin A, and vitamin C. What's more, broccoli is the only cruciferous vegetable with a significant amount of sulforaphane, a potent compound that boosts the body's protective enzymes and flushes out cancer-causing chemicals.

Spinach - 91.4% water

Piling raw spinach leaves on your sandwich or salad provides built-in hydration, with an added nutritional punch. Spinach is rich in lutein, potassium, fiber, and brain-boosting folate, and just one cup of raw leaves contains 15% of your daily intake of vitamin E—, an important antioxidant for fighting off the damaging molecules known as free radicals.

Watermelon - 91.5% water

It's fairly obvious that watermelon is full of water, but this juicy melon is also among the richest sources of lycopene, a cancer-fighting antioxidant found in red fruits and vegetables. In fact, watermelon contains more lycopene than raw tomatoes, —about 12 milligrams per wedge, versus 3 milligrams per medium-sized tomato.

Cucumbers - 97.6% water

This summer veggie has the highest water content of any solid food— and is perfect in salads, or sliced up and served with some hummus. Try chilled cucumber soup. Blend it with Greek yogurt, mint, and ice cubes to make a refreshing part of your summer lunch.

Eat fresh summer fruits and vegetables
to help your body stay hydrated this summer.

Stay Active, Keep Moving and
Enjoy Your (Water-Filled) Food 

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