Water tends to be one of those things we take for granted but often don’t get enough of. According to the Mayo Clinic, the classic directive to consume eight eight-ounce glasses of water a day is a reasonable (and easy-to-remember) goal. Alternately, the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine recommends a daily intake of approximately 11 1/2 cups of water for women and 15 1/2 cups of water for men. For those who don’t have the patience to track their water intake (or who don’t enjoy guzzling H2O around the clock), it’s also perfectly acceptable to eat your water to supplement your intake.
Read on for 10 of the most hydrating foods to help improve your energy, focus, and overall health.
Strawberries contain about 91% water and are one of the most refreshing fruits. They’re an essential element of breakfast bowls, salads, and healthy on-the-go snack regimens.
Made of 95% water, celery may not technically have negative calories, but are a refreshing (and very hydrating) alternative to dryer calorie-dense snacks.
Rich in antioxidants and vitamin C, raw bell peppers comprise approximately 92% water.
Made up of about 90% water, cantaloupe is an often overlooked all-star among hydrating foods. It’s also rich in vitamin A, vitamin C, and a number of B vitamins.
Grapefruit has been celebrated for an array of potential health benefits, and its appetite-curbing water content is no exception. At 90% water, grapefruit’s water content is comparable to that of cantaloupe’s.
We all know that spinach is good for us, but here’s one more reason to add to the list: Spinach contains approximately 91% water, making it one of the best leafy greens to supplement your water intake.
As long as you’re eating spinach, it wouldn’t hurt to throw a few slices of tomato on top. This hydrating food contains 94% water as well as impressive amounts of biotin, vitamin C, and vitamin K.
The next time you’re in the produce aisle, consider picking up a bunch of radishes. This crunchy, slightly bitter root veggie packs plenty of nutrients and contains 95% water.
Perhaps the most predictable of our favorite hydrating foods is watermelon. At about 91% water content, this fruit also contains healthy doses of vitamin A, vitamin B6, and antioxidants.
Up next, keep reading to discover the best (and worst) foods for a healthy brain.