As the cold winds have died down, the signs say that the dreadful heat of the summer of 2018 would soon be upon us. In the summer season, through the hot, dry days, everything seems to be a lot more difficult, from working in the office to working out in the gym. Consequently, we need to take extra care of our bodies and one of the key ways to staying healthy and keeping your systems running well in the summer days is to stay hydrated. As we lose more and more water during summers through sweat glands and in the form of urine, it is essential to hydrate every now and then. But that doesn’t mean that you need to be sipping water from your bottle all day long, there are foods that can help you treat your hunger and quench your thirst at the same time. The largest online food network of Pakistan, Sooperchef.pk has listed a number of top five foods to keep us hydrated during summers.

Watermelons

When the name “watermelon” falls on the ears, it is obvious that we are going to have a fruit that is full of, well, water, (almost 92 percent water) but very few people know that this delightfully juicy melon is also among the richest sources of a cancer-fighting antioxidant, lycopene, commonly found in red fruits and vegetables. As a matter of fact, watermelon contains more lycopene than raw tomatoes (that is about 12 milligrams per wedge, versus 3 milligrams per medium-sized tomato). The summertime staple is also packed with potassium, vitamin A and vitamin C. Consequently, when talking about thirst quenchers, the watermelon weighs in as a major contender. Furthermore, the salt, calcium and magnesium content of watermelon is what makes it an ideal food for rehydration. You can use watermelon juice in summers.

Strawberries

While all berries are great for hydration, the juicy red strawberries are easily the best of the bunch. Raspberries and blueberries both have about 85% water in them, while blackberries are only slightly better at 88.2%. Strawberries, being a far more tasty and sweet treat hold up to 92 percent water and are also packed with fiber and vitamin C.

Celery

Much like all other foods with high water content, celery has very few calories (as less as 6 calories per stalk). But this doesn’t mean that this lightweight veggie is any short on nutrition, however. Celery is full of folate and vitamins A, C, and K and its high water content neutralizes stomach acid, which is why it is frequently recommended as a natural remedy for acid reflux and heartburn. Plus they are great for adding a bit of crunch to your salads.

Cucumbers

Whether you slice ‘em or dice ‘em, and add 'em to your salad or just eat it raw as it is, the cucumber has a reputation for being “cool”, retaining their number one spot on the list of water-logged fruits and vegetables. Holding up as much as 96 percent water, cucumbers contain zero cholesterol or saturated fat and are great sources of vitamin K, vitamin B6, and iron.

Coconut Water

People go nuts for this tropical drink for a very good reason: Unlike other beverages, coconut water is very low in carbohydrates, while still having a very high content of potassium. According to a research in Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise, this all-organic- drink very is effective in the battle against rehydrating after workouts. Furthermore, this delicious drink also has great health benefits like prevention of kidney stones, perking up of heart health and controlled blood pressure.

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