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Fruits and Vegetables Aid Hydration

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Friday, 03 May 2019 12:31 PM Current | Bio | Archive

NBA locker rooms are dripping with more than sweaty jerseys these days.

Water-fanatics like the Sixers' T.J. McConnell (he and his teammates favor pH-adjusted alkaline water), Golden State's Steph Curry (filtered water), and current Laker LeBron James (he masks his bottled water's label) have embraced the health benefits of plain water over sports drinks.

That's a good practice everyone could follow to improve digestion, muscle function, and skin, heart, and brain health.

According to the American Academy of Family Physicians, some people need fewer than eight glasses of water daily, and some more. But you should always drink when thirsty (more often while exercising or in extreme weather).

You can tell if you're hydrated by the color of your urine — pale yellow or colorless means you are doing fine.

But all your hydration doesn't need to come from water; you can rely on these water-soaked fruits and vegetables for around 20 percent of your daily drink:

• Cucumbers 97.9% water

• Grapefruit 91.5% water

• Celery 95.4% water

• Strawberries 90.9% water

• Summer squash 96% water

• Watermelon 91.4% water

• Tomatoes 95.2% water

• Honeydew 91.8% water

• Rhubarb 93.6% water

• Lettuce 95.6% water

All provide moisture to lubricate your system, fiber to improve your digestion, and phytonutrients that allow well-hydrated muscles to become more energetic and powerful.

In addition, your brain needs them to receive oxygen, and their nutrients keep you clear-thinking.

So drink in all the benefits of staying hydrated with water and water-enriched food.


© King Features Syndicate

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