8 Hydrating Foods to Eat While Training in Hot Weather
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Made up of 90 percent water, melon is an ideal recovery snack. "It replaces glycogen stores quickly," says David Grotto, RDN, author of The Best Things You Can Eat.
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These gems contain up to 92 percent water and are rich in anthocyanins, which give them their deep hues and reduce postworkout inflammation and joint pain.
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It contains sodium, the most important electrolyte to replace. Choose brothy varieties or one with vegetables, which offer nutrients to round out the electrolyte mix.
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As they cook, grains such as quinoa, rice, and oatmeal soak up water, which your body absorbs during digestion. Oatmeal's soluble fiber also sucks up cholesterol.
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At 92 percent water, these are among the most hydrating of all vegetables. They're also packed with vitamins C (one red bell pepper has 253 percent of your daily value) and A.
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Iceberg leads the pack at 96 percent water, but other varieties, such as romaine, are more nutritious and nearly as aqueous.
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A cuke is as water-rich as lettuce, and its peel contains silica, which promotes elasticity in joints, skin and fingernails.
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At 95 percent water, it's low in calories and high in fiber, both of which can aid in calorie management.