Why You Should Eat More "Hydrating" Fruits & Drink Their Juices
If drinking eight glasses of water a day is an uphill battle for you, there’s another way you can also supplement your hydration. No, it has nothing to do with fancy water bottles that track your water intake or using water flavour drops that don’t have any pronounceable ingredients. It has to do with good, old-fashioned whole foods that naturally come bursting with water and hydration.
Eating more hydrating fruits and drinking their juices is a super healthy way to boost your hydration throughout the day, without significantly changing your routine or diet.
Plus, fruit come with a ton of other benefits, as they're packed full of nutrients, fibre, and other health-boosting properties that you’re going to wish you knew about sooner.
Fruits are natural astringents or detoxifiers.
They're nature's gift for ensuring that your body receives vital minerals, vitamins and antioxidants to support optimal health.
Certain fruits are more hydrating than others.
They contain greater water content, which helps to flush toxins from your body, supporting:
- A healthy digestive system
- Clearer skin
- Weight loss
- Strong immunity
Keep reading to find out which are some of the most hydrating fruits and why you should eat more of each and drink their juices regularly...
Watermelon is easily one of the most hydrating fruits—after all, it has ‘water’ right there in the name. The water content of this melon is a whopping 92%, so you can be sure that this fruit will keep you hydrated and refreshed. Watermelon brings a lot more than just hydration though: a cup of watermelon gets you over half a cup of water, fibre, vitamin C, vitamin A, magnesium, and the antioxidant lycopene. It’s also low in calories thanks to its high-water content, making it a healthy snack that you can turn to in order to stay hydrated when water isn’t quite cutting it.
Try: dicing up watermelon and adding the cubes to a delicious, refreshing summer salad.
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Strawberries follow watermelon’s lead with a water content of 91%, which is surprising since they don’t taste as juicy as watermelon. Strawberries, while technically an actual berry, are chock full of fibre, antioxidants, vitamins and minerals, such as vitamin C, folate and magnesium. These all contribute to a healthy diet, but strawberries also help fight inflammation which can help prevent various conditions like heart disease and diabetes.
Try: blending strawberries into a smoothie with any combination of other hydrating fruits for a versatile snack or meal.
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Another melon tops the list of hydrating fruits: rockmelon (cantaloupe) has an impressive 90% water content and 2 grams of fibre per cup, keeping you both full and hydrated. It’s also your go-to source for vitamin A, since one cup of cantaloupe gives you 120% of your daily vitamin A needs. Vitamin A has been shown to boost immune health and protect against infection, making rockmelon a healthy addition to your daily diet.
Try: dicing up rockmelon into a summer fresh salsa for a sweet twist.
There’s nothing like a summer peach, and now that we know how hydrating they are, we’re betting it’s going to become a year-long obsession. Peaches have a water content of 89% but net you just 60 calories (in a medium-sized peach), making it an incredibly healthy and hydrating snack. The skin of peaches comes with several vitamins and antioxidants, and 3 grams of fibre in a large peach. Peaches are also one of the highest potassium-rich fruits with 10% of your daily recommended intake of potassium in one peach; getting enough potassium can help fight fatigue and hypertension.
Try: topping a flatbread with diced peppers, peaches and drizzled balsamic vinegar for a sweet but savoury snack.
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If you’ve ever peeled an orange to find the juice running down your hands, you’re probably surprised they’re not higher on the list of hydrating fruits. Oranges have a water content of 88% and are incredibly nutrient-dense fruits; their high content of vitamin C and potassium help improve your immune function and heart health, while the flavonoids (a type of antioxidant) in oranges help prevent inflammation. Plus, regularly eating citrus fruits like oranges can help prevent kidney stones, since the citric acid can flush out calcium oxalate from the body (which is what causes kidney stones). Oranges are the perfect snack on the go, but you can also juice them for a delicious raw juice that’s bursting with vitamins.
Try: mixing oranges and cranberries and cooking them into a sauce that you can drizzle over oatmeal or pancakes for a sweet but tart taste.
If you haven’t yet heard, tomatoes are actually a fruit! And they definitely belong on this list of hydrating fruits thanks to their 94% water content. Tomatoes are very nutrient-dense but quite low in calories; one cup of tomatoes is just 32 calories, so snack away! They’re also full of immune-boosting vitamins C and A, plus the antioxidant lycopene. If you love tomato juice, consider making it yourself since many types of tomato juice are overloaded with sodium.
Try: drizzling olive oil and cracked himalayan salt and pepper over sliced tomatoes for a fresh, raw treat that’s bursting with nutritional value.
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Grapefruit is a great polarizer, but love it or hate it, it’s definitely up there on the list of hydrating fruits you should be eating more of. It has a water content of 88%, but its benefits don’t stop there. Grapefruit packs the vitamins and minerals like vitamin A, potassium, and folate, but the vitamin C is where it stands apart: just half a grapefruit boasts 120% of your daily vitamin C intake. It can help with weight loss, while also reducing blood pressure, cholesterol, and blood sugar levels.
Try: slicing avocado and grapefruit and drizzling with olive oil for a refreshing, filling food. They might seem like an odd combination, until you try it and then you’ll never go back!
This tropical fruit has a hefty 87% water content, making it both delicious and incredibly hydrating, but it also has a whole host of other benefits that you’ll want to take advantage of. This fruit is full of bromelain, which is an anti-inflammatory that has shown promise in reducing the risk of strokes and heart attacks, boosting fertility, and lowering swelling and pain.
Try: freezing pineapple slices for a refreshing summer treat that’s low calorie and incredibly hydrating.
An apple a day keeps the doctor (and now, dehydration) away! Juicy apples are a wonderful treat on their own, but a perfect substitute for a glass of water too thanks to their 84% water content. They’re an incredible source of filling fibre, but also boost heart health, lower your risk of cancer, balance your blood sugar, and provide you lasting energy throughout the day.
Learn more in 7 Good Reasons To Eat An Apple A Day
Try: blending chopped apples into a homemade applesauce for an easy, satisfying breakfast or even dessert.
Staying hydrated is important; it helps your body flush out toxins, maintain kidney function, and ensures pretty much every single bodily process works properly. Many adults simply aren’t getting enough water, but “eating your water” can change that. These nine hydrating fruits and their juices are perfect for supplementing your water intake to make sure you’re staying hydrated while also getting the nutrients your body needs to stay vibrant and vital.
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