Vegetables may hydrate your body more than water

Researchers have found that some fruits & vegetables may hydrate your body twice as effectively as a glass of water. In the hot summer these fruits & vegetables can be made a refreshing snack option. The fruits & vegetables contain hydrating salt, minerals & sugars. They work in a similar way to the isotonic drinks favored by athletes.

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These water rich fruits & vegetables act as two-in-one meal & drink which provide the minerals salts, natural sugars, amino acids & vitamins that are lost while exercising. This combination helped the people to hydrate more effectively than water or even sports drinks.

The plant chemicals lutein & zeaxanthin, found in fruit such as watermelon & papaya, help boost hydration even further. Top of the list are watermelons, which are 92 % water, 8 % sugar & contain essential re hydration salts calcium, magnesium, potassium & sodium. Watermelon is also rich in Vitamin C , as well as beta carotene & lycopene which will give the body protection from ultra violet light.

Due to its 96 % water content & mineral balance, a cucumber can produce similar hydration levels to twice the volume of water. It also contains almost ideal levels of calcium & magnesium, along with potassium, sodium & other minerals. Two or three mineral-rich celery sticks replenish levels of sodium, potassium, magnesium, calcium, phosphorus, iron & zinc. These salts help carry the 96 % water in which they are dissolved around the body.

Dr Susan Shirreffs said, “To be properly hydrated, you need to replace fluid lost from the body with one that's similar to the body's natural composition. Watery fruit & vegetables often contain levels of minerals & sugar that mirror this, so they can hydrate you more effectively than water alone.”

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