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27th July 2018 | Blog

5 Foods to Eat in the Heat

The heatwave of 2018 is still in full swing, with some parts of the country supposedly reaching 35 degrees today despite the thunderstorms kicking about. This means it's as important as ever to stay hydrated. But before you start glugging down litres and litres of water every day, maybe look at what foods you can eat instead. We actually get the vast majority of our water intake from our food! 

Here are some super hydrating, water rich plant foods that you should be indulging in during this hot hot summer. 

Watermelon

Watermelon is the king of hot weather foods. As the name might suggest, they are almost entirely water - 92% in fact. Plus, they're a great source of beta-carotene, lycopene and vitamin C.

Beta-carotene – there’s evidence that beta-carotene can protect the skin against sunburn, although definitely don't skimp on the sunscreen.

Lycopene – a free radical-fighting antioxidant. Studies show that lycopene helps prevent prostate, lung, and stomach cancers as well.

Vitamin C – contributes to the normal function of the immune system, to keep you in tip top condition.

Our top tip? Cut your melon in half, get out a spoon and eat it directly from its natural bowl!

Cucumber

This salad essential is swelling at 96% water. Make sure you keep the skins on though, as that's where more of the hydration comes from. It's also the source of the plentiful vitamin C and caffeic acid that comes from cucumber.

Vitamin C – its antioxidant properties and its role in collagen synthesis make it a vital molecule for skin health.

Caffeic acid – it’s claimed that this potent antioxidant can reduce inflammation, prevent cancer, prevent diabetes and prevent premature aging.

Our top tip? Cucumber sticks and houmous – the perfect afternoon snack in this weather.

Strawberries

These babies aren't just for Wimbledon. Strawberries are another fruit that boast a 92% water content. Plus, these red berries are in important source of manganese and folate.

Manganese – essential for proper growth of bones and has shown great efficiency in controlling sugar levels in the blood.

Folate - important for normal tissue growth and cell function, and particularly vital for pregnant women.

Our top tip? Chop up a handful of strawberries and throw them into your morning yoghurt or oatmeal.

Cantaloupe

Another melon on our list, but for good reason. Coming in at 90% water, this juicy fruit is super hydrating and packed with vitamins and minerals, including the antioxidant zeaxanthin and more potassium than the average banana!

Zeaxanthin - thought to play a protective role in eye health and possibly ward off damage from macular degeneration.

Potassium - getting enough potassium is super important in this heat or those working up a sweat, as it helps to maintain your fluid-balance plus aids muscle function and bone strength.

Our top tip? Add it into a salad! Savoury fruit salads are the best.

Pineapple

This tropical choice is 87% water so is exceptionally refreshing and hydrating. Not only will it have you feeling like you’re on an exotic beach somewhere, it's also rich in bromelain.

Bromelain -  aids in breaking down of complex proteins and has anti-inflammatory effects.

Our top tip? Top that burger with a pineapple ring. Trust us.


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