5 Fruits and Veggies That Are More Hydrating Than Water

Note from Millie-  about 15 years ago I started working with athletes who were racing in long distance races. I was also living at the beach and doing a lot of bike riding. What I finally realized was that we were all trying to hydrate, beginning 24 hours before a race or long ride and that all that was happening was that we were having to make a lot of pit stops. When we began hydrating with fruits and smoothies, performance improved drastically, we had to stop less, and didn’t get dehydrated. The body uses fruits and vegetables more effectively at hydration than it does when we drink water. We are not natural water- lappers and are meant to get most of our moisture from t he foods we eat. Now, that being said, on a Standard American Diet (SAD), that includes grains, too much protein and processed foods…you need more water to flush out the body because those foods dehydrate you.

Not a big water drinker?

You’re in luck—studies show that eating some fruits and vegetables can hydrate the body twice as well compared to drinking a glass of water. Turns out that the electrolytes, nutrients, and minerals in produce help the body retain and utilize water—kind of like drinking a sports drink or coconut water.

Keep on scrolling to learn about the most hydrating fruits and veggies you should be keep in your fridge this summer.


CauliflowerPhoto by Irene Kredenets on Unsplash

Cauliflower used to broccoli’s weird, pale cousin. Now, the low-carb veggie has become the  healthy foodie’s favorite ingredient—add it in frozen to a smoothie to add density, or dice it and blend with an egg to make gluten-free “pizza dough.” It has such a mild taste, so it’s easily camouflaged by stronger flavors. But cauliflower is a nutrient-dense cruciferous vegetable that contains a surprising amount of H2O. Try adding 1 cup a day into your diet to pump up the hydration.


Watermelon 2Photo by Floh Maier on Unsplash

I mean, c’mon, it’s in the name! Watermelon is nearly 92 percent water, and contains electrolytes like calcium, magnesium, potassium and sodium. Juicy, sweet, and oh-so-hydrating, watermelon is loaded with antioxidants like vitamin C, beta-carotene, and lycopene.


Pink GrapefruitPhoto by Israel Egío on Unsplash

Bitter, slightly sweet grapefruit is a perfect choice for a summer bite if you’re following an Ayurvedic dosha diet. (Cool that internal fire, Pitta people!) Because it contains so much water and fiber, nourishing grapefruit makes for a great low-calorie snack in between meals.


CucumbersPhoto by Ananth Pai on Unsplash

Chilled cucumber water is the ultimate thirst-quencher—the fresh, green taste combined with the anti-inflammatory compound caffeic acid that’s found in cukes help sooth and hydrate from the inside out.


Strawberries 4Photo by Danielle MacInnes on Unsplash

Juicy red strawberries are emblematic of the height of summer—they’re everywhere! Baked into pies, muddled into lemonade, or fresh off the vine, they’re always a welcome sight at the dinner table. At nearly 92 percent water, they’re also incredibly hydrating and contain a plethora of antioxidants that are excellent for your skin! No guilt about going overboard on the ruby berries here.



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