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April 10, 2020
As we all start to draft various vacation itineraries, it is equally important that we also have a check-list when it comes to keeping ourselves (and our well-being) safe and sound as we make the most of the summer season.
Unfortunately, we end up prioritizing taking care of our external health through applying sunscreen, wearing sunglasses, wearing comfortable outfits – the list goes on! We tend to miss out on protecting what’s most important – our bodies from the inside. 
Dehydration is one of the major health problems during the summer season. It is a condition in which the body can be completely deficient of water, which disrupts the metabolic processes.
Our body is made up of two-thirds of water and for it to function properly, we need to supply it with as much water as we can.  Failure to replace lost fluids might result in early dehydration symptoms such as thirst, darkened urine, and dizziness (which could lead to fainting), sleepiness, headaches, and skin problems, as well as rapid heart rate. 
It is general advice to drink lots of water in order to stay hydrated. While experts recommend drinking several glasses of water per day to meet your body’s hydration needs, it is not the only solution to avoid dehydration. There are many healthy foods that can contribute a large amount of water to your diet. 
Watermelon – water content 92%
Watermelon has a high water content and delivers lycopene and vitamin C, which contributes to improved digestion, good skin and hair, lowered inflammation, better heart health, and prevention of cancers. 
Peaches – water content 89%
Peaches have been found to be low in calories and contain bioactive compounds that help fight diabetes and cardiovascular diseases. 
Cucumber – water content 96%
The benefits of eating cucumber can range from preventing acidity in helping maintain well-toned, glowing skin. 
Lettuce – water content 96%
Found to be rich in antioxidant and antimicrobial properties, this vegetable aids in controlling anxiety, is useful as a sleep inducer, helps control inflammation, and is a good remedy for neurodegenerative diseases. 
Baby Marrow (squash) – water content 94%
Proven to lower blood sugar levels, improve digestion, support healthy circulation and a healthy heart, boost energy, and aid in weight loss, amongst other health benefits. 
Celery – water content 95%
Celery reduces blood pressure, lowers cholesterol levels, has anti-cancer properties, boosts the immune system, improves heart health, detoxifies the body, controls diabetes and promotes weight loss. 
Tomatoes – water content 94%
Tomatoes are rich in antioxidants and have been linked to heart health, cancer prevention, and skin health benefits. 
Peppers – water content 92%
Health benefits include heart health, eye and skin health, diabetes prevention, and assisting with diabetic neuropathic pain. 
Cabbage – water content 92%
Packed with powerful antioxidants, rich in fiber, vitamin C and an oxidant that protects against certain cancers, heart disease, and vision loss. 
Grapefruit – water content 88%
Benefits include boosting immunity, improving heart health and possibly preventing insulin resistance and diabetes.
It’s one thing to be properly hydrated by means of drinking water, but to be able to stay hydrated by other means, including the consumption of these healthy fruits, does not only supply your body with the necessary fluids, but they can also give you more health benefits.
Stay hydrated and stay healthy this summer!