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Eat Your Water

Eat Your Water

The SoCal weather this week has been warmer than usual though early September can be hot. Here in coastal San Diego we’ve logged temps and humidity matching in the 80’s—pretty uncomfortable. Staying hydrated takes focused attention. We all feel better, have more energy and our bodies can do all the maintenance tasks when we get enough fluid.

Here's some juicy news: Drinking water isn't the only way to stay hydrated. According to the Institute of Medicine, 20 percent of your water intake comes from food. "Eating a three-ounce cucumber is like drinking three ounces of water, but better," says Howard Murad, M.D., author of The Water Secret. Besides being water-rich, vegetables, fruits, and a few other key foods contain nutrients that can boost a runner's performance and health. In addition to filling your water bottle, add these foods to your diet for hydration, nutrients, and a tasty change of pace.

Leslie Goldman, MPH Eat Your Water in Runner’s World

Foods with high water content not only give us fluid but also vitamins, minerals and cancer-flighting antioxidants. Here are some of the highest in water.

Cucumbers 96% water

Cucumbers 96% water

Celery 95% water

Celery 95% water

Radishes 95% water

Radishes 95% water

Zucchini 95% water

Zucchini 95% water

Tomatoes 94% water

Tomatoes 94% water

Red cabbage 92% water

Red cabbage 92% water

Strawberries 92% water

Strawberries 92% water

Cauliflower 92% water

Cauliflower 92% water

Sweet peppers 92% water

Sweet peppers 92% water

Spinach 92% water

Spinach 92% water

Broccoli 91% water

Broccoli 91% water

To read more on the topic Eat Your Water check these links:

17 Water-Rich, Hydrating Foods

Eat Your Water (Runner’s World)

In My San Diego Garden and Kitchen

In My San Diego Garden and Kitchen

In My Garden Today, Early September

In My Garden Today, Early September