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Water Substitutes? These Fruits Could Keep You Hydrated This Summer

Water covers nearly 60 percent of the body weight. It is important to stay hydrated since losing a significant amount of fluid could negatively affect the body. 

Proper hydration mainly supports the heart, allowing it to easily pump blood through blood vessels to the muscles. Having enough water helps muscles work efficiently.

However, some people still experience dehydration. This condition has serious effects. 

"Some of the first signs you are dehydrated include dull, dry skin, dry eyes, dark yellow urine, dizziness, headaches and cramping," Will Cole, a functional medicine expert, told Mind Body Green

You may later see swollen feet, have a headache or become at risk of life-threatening illnesses, such as heat stroke. Health experts recommend drinking at least eight glasses of water every day to stay properly hydrated. 

However, the recommended number of glasses will not cover your total water needs. To meet your daily hydration requirements, you must take up to 100 ounces of water a day. That is too much of plain water. 

But drinking is not the only option to stay hydrated. There are actually foods you can eat to provide your body with enough fluid. 

Water Rich Fruits

Oranges

People commonly consume oranges because of the immune-boosting vitamin C, but the fruit can also help keep you hydrated during your long trip to the beach this summer.  Oranges’ weight is nearly 85 percent water.

Strawberries

They are small but strawberries are composed of 92 percent water. Researchers previously found that eating the fruit could reduce atherosclerosis markers in people who have metabolic syndrome. 

Watermelon

Water covers nearly 100 percent of the weight of this fruit, making it one of the top choices for hydration. You can also add some mint, feta, olive oil or salt and pepper to improve its taste. 

Enjoy water-rich strawberries as an addition to your yogurt or chia pudding.

However, there are also food and drinks that could contribute to dehydration. The list includes anything that contains caffeine and alcohol. 

"In general, foods and liquids that are dehydrating are going to be diuretics, meaning that they impair the kidneys' ability to retain fluids," Jon Mitchell, a certified physician assistant and functional medicine health consultant, said. "The higher the concentration of caffeine or alcohol, the more dehydrating it will be."

strawberry Researchers previously found that eating strawberries could reduce atherosclerosis markers in people who have metabolic syndrome. Pixabay

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