Foods That Hydrate: Quench Your Thirst With These Juicy Snacks

Water is the most plentiful substance in the body—and it's the most important. Without it, humans can only survive a few days because water regulates body temperature, transports nutrients and oxygen to cells, keeps body tissues moist, protects organs, lubricates joints, and helps dissolve minerals and other nutrients to make them accessible to the body.

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Drinking water is the best and fastest way to hydrate your body. But if you're sick of sipping on water, you can turn to some super-hydrating foods too.

The amount of water recommended for an individual varies with age, activity and medical and physical condition. Drink water throughout the day and try adding some of these hydrating foods to your diet regimen. 

1. Yogurt is 29 to 30 percent water, and provides protein and calcium. It also contains gut-enhancing probiotics, promoting the growth of good bacteria in the stomach. 

2. Cantaloupe is 90 percent water. This sweet summer fruit is high in vitamin A, helping to regulate the immune system and protect against infection. It also contains potassium, which may help maintain blood pressure and decrease bone loss.

3. Strawberries are 92 percent water and high in vitamin C, an important nutrient for growth and repair of all body tissues that helps to heal cuts and wounds, and keeps teeth and gums healthy.  Strawberries are also high in folate, which helps the body form red blood cells.

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4. Watermelon is 92 percent water. It's also high in both vitamins A and C, two essential nutrients our bodies to stay healthy. 

5. Spinach is 92 percent water and provides two important components to a healthy diet: fiber and iron. Iron is used to carry oxygen in the blood. Fiber is best known for promoting healthy bowel activity and may also reduce the risk of certain diseases like diabetes, heart disease, obesity and some cancers.

6. Zucchini is 95 percent water. It's also a low-calorie, versatile vegetable that's high in vitamin C.

Bonus:

Fat-free milk is also a great thirst-quenching option. It's made up of about 87 percent water and is loaded with the calcium and vitamin D you need for bone health. One 8-ounce cup of milk also has 8 grams of protein. 

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