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Eat Your Water

Top Refreshing Foods to Help you Stay Hydrated

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When it comes to a sweaty workout, we love a water break reward as much as anyone else. It's essential to focus on our fluids all day long. After all, water is the most essential nutrient our system needs.

Our bodies are made up of more than half water and without sufficient water we may feel fatigued, dizzy, tired and moody as we are dehydrated.

A tall glass of water is the best known way to stay hydrated however there are plenty of alternative options to make sure your body is topped up with water. To some drinking 8 glasses of water may sound like a daunting task on some days so this is even more of a reason to 'eat up' your water.

It's still important to drink plenty of water especially in the summer but you can also quench your thirst with these hydrating foods, all of which are at least 90% water by weight.

These high-water-content foods are refreshing, filled with nutrients, and naturally low in calories.

Cucumber
This summer veggie is perfect in salads, or sliced up on its own and served in sandwiches,
You can also try blending it with non-fat yoghurt, mint, and ice cubes to make cucumber soup as Soup is always hydrating, but you may not want to eat something hot in the summertime. Chilled cucumber soup, on the other hand, is so refreshing and delicious any time of year.

Iceberg lettuce
Most lettuce greens contain 94 percent water, making it a low-energy density food. In other words, you'll feel fuller on fewer calories and lose weight faster. Lettuce is great to have in salads as well as sandwiches.

Celery

Celery is 96 percent water, but it also provides a combination of mineral salts, amino acids and vitamins that may hydrate your body twice as effectively as a glass of water. It's very low in calories and packed with essential goodness. Chop some up next to your food or mix it in a salad next time.

Tomatoes

Tomatoes are composed of about 95 percent water. That means that along with signature sweetness comes enough moisture to cut back on higher-calorie condiments on your sandwich.

Hydrating Foods

Bell peppers

Colourful bell peppers are 92 percent water, yet they're still rich sources of some of the best nutrients available, including vitamin C, thiamine, vitamin B6, beta carotene, and folic acid. Great in salads or mixed in a healthy stir fry.

Watermelon

Watermelon is very hydrating and low in calories which has over a water content of 90%. It's full of water and packed with beneficial nutrients. You can have it on it's own or make them into watermelon cubes to really help quench your thirst. It's very popular in hot countries where watermelon is served after dinner.

Kiwi
Over 92% water content, low in calories and packed with essential vitamins and nutrition. Very refreshing to have by itself or even mixed into a healthy fruit salad.

Spinach

At around seven calories per cup, hydrating spinach is undeniably a great food to fill up on when you want to lose weight. One cup provides more then 50 percent of your daily vitamin A needs, as well as being high in protein and vitamin C.

Strawberries
Make a habit of snacking on these hydrating berries (they're 92 percent water). They are also very tasty and low in calories too.

Broccoli
Vitamin C, fibre, calcium, and few calories and over 90% water too. Perfect for any health enthusiast or dieter.

Tangerines/Oranges
Both with a very high water content that will help eliminate thirst right away and combat dehydration. It's great to have by itself or post training to help replenish glycogen and get you hydrated after your workout.

Cantaloupe

Even though this popular melon is 90 percent water, it's still packed with refreshingly rich flavour for around 56 calories per cup. One cup of cantaloupe also provides a high daily value for vitamin A.

Applesauce
Stick with unsweetened, natural applesauce. Some are packed with added sugars or high-fructose corn syrup, which increases the calorie count.

Ice Pops
Ice Pops not only induce nostalgia for the carefree summer days of your childhood, they also refill your fluids, cool you down after an intense workout, and boost your energy due to the carbs.

Hydrating Foods

Pear
Beyond their sweet, refreshing taste, one medium pear contains around 6 grams of dietary fibre, or 24 percent of the daily recommended value. Plus, the type of fibre found in pears (soluble fibre) helps you feel full for a longer period of time, which means it can help you lose weight.

Apple
You've heard it before: An apple a day keeps the doctor away. But this juicy super-food has also been linked to lower cholesterol levels, weight loss and preventing a host of chronic health woes—cardiovascular disease, asthma, diabetes, and even certain cancers.

Yoghurt
When you become dehydrated, your body loses electrolytes in addition to water. Since yogurt has a substantial amount of potassium and sodium, it can help replace the lost electrolytes and re-energise your body

Raspberries
Raspberries deliver more fibre (8 grams per cup) than any other commonly consumed berry. Plus, antioxidants that is thought to help prevent and fight cancer.

Spinach
At seven calories per cup, hydrating spinach is undeniably a great food to fill up on when you want to lose weight. One cup provides more then 50 percent of your daily vitamin A needs, as well as being high in protein and vitamin C.

Carrots
Carrots contain about 87 percent water and more of the powerful antioxidant beta-carotene than any other vegetable or fruit. Studies have found that compounds in carrots help protect again skin, lung and oral cavity cancers.

Hydrating Foods

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