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Heal India

Human body is more than 70% water. Taking enough fluids is the basis for keeping our body working at its best. Remember, we begin to get dehydrated and our performance drops off with just as much as a 2% water loss. Therefore to keep ourselves hydrated we require drinking plenty of water and other liquids.

Summer FoodBut if you have a difficult time in meeting your fluid needs and gulping down water then EAT to hydrate yourself. Summer is the time when most of us hit the beach and indulge in various kinds of delicacies to beat the rising temperature and searing heat. Summer is the time to get active with picnics, summer cocktails, and barbecues and innumerable trips to the ice cream shop which usually means consuming a lot more calories than any time in the year. If you are worried about all that extra pounds that you may earn this summer, then here are summer foods especially for weight loss diet. Opt for the list of juicy fruits and vegetables given below as these foods contain 90 to 95 % water so that there is nothing that you have to lose by feasting on them. They fill you up without adding to the pounds and provide you with various other health benefits.
 
Watermelon - Summer FoodWATERMELONS - Watermelon can be a great thirst quencher in summer. Water content of this fruit is approx 92%. Therefore it can be good filler for the people looking out for weight loss. It is also considered as a rich source in Vitamin B6.This Vitamin B6 is an important attribute to have in a healthy diet because it promotes chemicals in the brain that help people to cope with anxiety and panic. Watermelon can be added in various fruit salads, custard, and mock tails or can be had as itself.
 
LETTUCE - Lettuce is one of the most important part of various salads, grown as a leaf vegetable. The vegetable is usually consumed as cold and raw, in salads, hamburgers, tacos and a number of other dishes. 100gms of lettuce contains almost 96g of water. Iceberg lettuce (and all lettuce) is a great source of fiber thus helps in preventing constipation.
 
TOMATOES - 91% of tomatoes is water. It is a concentrated source of the carotenoid, lycopene. Scientific Studies have shown that Lycopene reduces the risk of prostate cancer and heart disease in people. Tomatoes are an excellent sources of vitamin C (the vitamin C is most concentrated in the jelly like substance that surrounds the seeds) thus an aid to increase the efficiency of the immune system. They also contain vitamin A and B-complex vitamins, potassium and phosphorus there this veggie can easily eaten in good amount by hypertensive people.
 
GRAPES - Grapes are small round or oval berries with more than 80% of water content. Both red and black grapes contain powerful antioxidants and resveratrol, which helps to prevent both the narrowing and hardening of the arteries thus it is considered to be a good addition to the diet of cardiac patients. However, they have a very high sugar content thus should be consumed in limitation by the people looking out for weight loss.
 
CANTALOUPE - It is one of the more popular summertime fruits weights in at 160g, and is 90% water. Cantaloupe is a rich source of vitamin A, a cup of cantaloupe provides about 103.2% of the daily value for vitamin A and beta-carotene and important nutrient for a healthy vision. It also has an excellent folate content that is important for the production and maintenance of new cells, especially during pregnancy.
 
CELERY - Celery is mostly water and therefore exceptionally low in calories, making it an excellent snack food for people trying to control their weight. Although it is not especially high in nutrients (largely because of its high water content), but it does provide us with essential electrolytes like sodium and potassium, the minerals most important for regulating fluid balance and blood pressure. Celery contains approximately 35 milligrams of sodium per stalk, so salt-sensitive individuals or people having high blood pressure can enjoy celery, but should keep track of this amount when monitoring daily sodium intake.
 
SQUASH - Squash contain more than 95% water. They protect against dehydration and the carotenes present in them help to protect against the damaging effects of the sun. The high water content, also means that they are very low in calories. This makes eating squash satisfying, because the bulk fills you up, allowing you to forgo second helpings. The yellow or orange flesh of winter squashes is darker than that of summer varieties, and it is more nutritious, richer in complex carbohydrates, potassium and beta-carotene.
 
Originally written for Heal India, edited and distributed by DesiDieter.
 

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