The 5 Most Hydrating Foods

Summer might slowly be winding down, but that doesn't mean you don't need to stay hydrated! Read on for five of the top most hydrating foods.

1. Watermelon: A 2009 study at the University of Aberdeen Medical School found that the combination of salts, minerals and natural sugars in some fruits and vegetables can actually hydrate people more effectively than water or even sports drinks. Watermelon was on top of the list, thanks to its 92 percent water content and essential re-hydration salts calcium, magnesium, potassium and sodium.

2. Bell peppers: Colorful 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.

3. Grapefruit: According to researchers at Scripps Clinic in California, the chemical properties of grapefruit lower insulin levels and help control appetite, which can lead to weight loss. Try adding half a grapefruit to your breakfast or drink a glass of freshly squeezed grapefruit juice any time of day.

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4. Eggplant: Eggplants have all the qualities of an excellent weight-loss food: They're high in fiber and water but low in calories. Just avoid recipes that involve frying. Eggplant's spongy texture means it will absorb a lot of oil and as a result, negate the calorie advantage.

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5. Kiwis: One large, juicy kiwi has only 56 calories and 20 percent more vitamin C than an orange.

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