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Cool It Down: Five Water-Rich Foods to Keep You Hydrated

watermelonIt's hot out there! When the mercury rises, so does your need for water. To keep it functioning normally and to prevent dehydration, your body needs an ongoing water supply throughout the day—especially in extreme temperatures. And while nothing beats a tall glass of water to quench your thirst, foods can also supply some of your daily water needs. Enjoy some of these water-rich choices to beat the heat.

1. Crisp Lettuce
Crisp lettuce tops the list: it's 96% water. In addition to assisting in hydration needs, lettuce is also a source of potassium, folate, antioxidants and smaller amounts of vitamins C and K. So load up! A nice big salad sounds mighty refreshing for a hot day.

2. Watermelon
There's a reason watermelon is a staple at picnics and cookouts. It's tasty and refreshing! But it's also made up of about 91% water and is a source of vitamins A and C and contains lycopene, fiber and potassium. So basically, it's a win-win summer food.

3. Grapefruit
Cool down with grapefruit. This tropical fruit is about 90% water. Grapefruit is also low in calories and a good source of phytonutrients and vitamin C. Pink and red varieties also provide vitamin A and lycopene. Try it chilled for an energizing and hydrating addition to breakfast.

4. Broccoli
Broccoli might not be the obvious choice, but this cruciferous veggie packs a wallop of H2O, coming in at about 89% water. In addition, it includes vitamin C, calcium, fiber, iron and beta carotene (which is converted to vitamin A by the body). Try it tossed with Greek yogurt, nuts and raisins for a simple, tangy treat.

5. Low-Fat Milk and Yogurt
Low-fat dairy can add protein, phosphorus, potassium and vitamins A and D to your diet, but guess what? It's also a source of water! Low-fat milk and yogurt rank high on the list of water-rich foods, at 89% and 85% water, respectively. So eat your recommended three cups today!

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