Great Summer Fruits
Cucumber – This vegetable comprises 95 percent water, so the last thing you need to worry about is being deprived of H2O. One cup of cucumber slices contains only 16 calories, which is what makes this veggie the perfect addition to your weight loss plan this summer. Its high water content teams up with its natural stores of dietary fiber to create a successful, toxin-ridding agent. Your digestive system will be pristine and well hydrated with a daily dose of cucumber. And whatever you do, avoid removing the skin because it holds a significant amount of vitamin C, an antioxidant that helps you fend off skin cancer caused by those blistering UVA/UVB rays. Supplement these thirst-quenching slices with a dollop of hummus for some protein!
Watermelon: This cool and refreshing fruit is so hot right now! The USDA has found that watermelon actually stimulates the release of excess perspiration, so heat stroke will not be on your radar so long as you have a cold one in your hands. And by cold one, we mean a slice of watermelon!
Pomegranate: Did you know pomegranate derives from Middle French’s “pomme garnete,” which literally means seeded apple? Now that you know the fruit’s etymology, it also important to identify the numerous health benefits that come from popping a handful of these ruby-like seeds in your mouth. Not only are the arils (you know, the small yet plump rubies we just referred to a sentence ago) loaded with water, they are also rich in special antioxidants called punicalagins. This category of antioxidants is so powerful that it actually triumphs over even red wine and green tea’s antioxidant count; one serving of the juice (which resides in the arils) has three times as much as the other two!
Kiwi: According to the Institute of Medicine, 20 percent of your daily water intake is sourced from food. Kiwi is a juicy fruit that not only aids in upping your hydration levels, it also holds 237 mg of an important electrolyte that is vital for muscle contraction: potassium. Among the many things that could go haywire in your system when you are on the verge of a heat stroke, dehydration is one of the top issues. Dehydration places stress on the heart and inhibits the kidney’s ability to maintain the correct balance of electrolytes. Try eating a bowl of sliced banana and kiwi before your next outdoor workout for an ultimate boost in potassium!
Pears: Professionals in the ever-expanding health world suggest that you should drink half of your body weight in ounces for optimal health. This number can vary depending on your activity level, but it still helps you gauge how much of the fluid you should be receiving (at the minimum) each day. Many people swear by a refreshing glass of detox water, but you can also shake up your hydrating methods with a medium-sized pear! The crisp, hydrating fruit is chockfull of water and 6 grams of soluble fiber.