7 Foods That Will Keep You Hydrated All Day

foods keep you hydrated all day

Dehydration is not something you should ever take lightly. Water is essential to life, and dehydration can cause serious health issues. There are several possible causes of dehydration, including but not limited to lack of water intake, the flu with a fever, physical exertion, and more. A lot of people tend to ignore dehydration because the body does find ways to compensate by reabsorbing fluid from blood and tissue.

However, because of that it is even more important that you not ignore dehydration, as even just losing 5% of the body's overall fluids can lead to nausea, weakness, and irritability. 

Severe dehydration has even worse effects, such as impairment in major senses like vision and hearing. A dehydrated person will have difficulty walking and talking.

There is increased nausea and dizziness, as well as headaches. Actually, losing more than 15% of the body's fluids can be fatal. 

The good news is that when trying to rehydrate your body, water is not your only option.

7 Helpful Food Items That Will Hydrate Your Body


It's pretty obvious, given the name of the fruit, right? Watermelons consist of 92% water, which is just what you want when you're looking for foods that can help improve your hydration levels.

The good thing about watermelon is that it doesn't just have water in it.

It also contains carbohydrates, which can help your body absorb the water content much more easily. Watermelons also have potassium. Potassium combined with sodium can help keep your body's hydration level at an optimum point. 


Just like watermelons, cucumbers also contain a lot of water. This good old green baby has 95% water, plus it gives you a bit extra.

You also get vitamin C and fiber -- both very helpful in keeping the body healthy.

Another thing: cucumbers are quite versatile and can be used in many different ways. You can use cucumbers for juicing, or add it as an ingredient in your salad. You can even use it for your snack dips and soups, if you like. 


More fruits for hydration! Strawberries contain 91% water, plus they come packed with vitamin C and folate, which helps speed up the production of new cells.

The good thing about fruits and their water content is that these are naturally refreshing. A lot of food items can hydrate, but there's something about juicy strawberries that really hits the spot -- both physically and emotionally. Pop those strawberries straight into your mouth for a healthy burst of hydration. If you'd like these strawberries in baked goods, that's fine, too, although nothing beats the natural form. 

Chicken Soup

All right, the truth is that all soups and broths can be used to hydrate the body.

As you probably recognize by now, it's not only the water content that matters. Soups and broths are nourishing; there's logic to your mom's chicken noodle soup and its seemingly magical powers.

For better results, use fruits and vegetables that contain lots of nutrients, vitamins, and electrolytes. These healthy broths will certainly boost not just your hydration levels, but also your spirits. 


Admittedly, no one looks at celery and thinks, "That’s hydrating". It's a nice ingredient in a lot of dishes, sure, but can celery really be hydrating? Yes. Celery is rich in electrolytes, which help replenish the body's hydration level.

Even after an intense workout, just a few sticks of celery can help boost a person's mineral levels, e.g. sodium, magnesium, calcium, iron, phosphorus, potassium, and more. Celery also works well in your Juicer.


Again, this isn't one of your usual hydrating foods.

Surprise: broccoli contains 90% water plus it really has a lot of health-boosting features. It is anti-inflammatory and contains high levels of antioxidants to prevent the weakening of body cells and tissue.

The body comes into contact with lots of toxins daily. Broccoli has the antioxidants needed to protect your DNA and might even help prevent cancer.

Finally, broccoli contains high levels of magnesium -- a very important mineral that helps regulate the body's sugar levels and prevent heart attacks. 

Coconut Water

Why not just regular water, right?

Because coconut water is a much better source of electrolytes; in fact, coconut water is much more effective in hydrating the body than most sports drinks. It hydrates without filling the body with sugar, and it also helps protect the heart by lowering cholesterol and reducing blood pressure. It's low sodium, though, so this might be a concern for high endurance athletes.  


    • DC @ Young Adult Money

      DC @ Young Adult Money 06/07/2013 6:52 a.m. #

      Because of all my meds, I'm often fighting dehydration. I should try eating more of these foods!

      • Sicorra

        Sicorra 06/07/2013 2:33 p.m. #

        Sorry to hear that you take a number of meds. It wasn't until about a year ago that I learned that certains meds and even Advil can really dehydrate us. Eat some extra strawberries and see if it helps. :-)

    • krantcents

      krantcents 06/07/2013 10:06 a.m. #

      I start off with a fruit smoothie for breakfast and drink water all day long.

      • Sicorra

        Sicorra 06/07/2013 2:34 p.m. #

        Yes, we do sometimes too. I've also tried juicing and that is fun.

    • Shannon @ The Heavy Purse

      Shannon @ The Heavy Purse 06/07/2013 10:06 a.m. #

      I would not have guessed broccoli was hydrating. I love coconut water, but agree - it's not the best choice after a long run. But otherwise, it's great. Have a wonderful weekend!

      • Sicorra

        Sicorra 06/07/2013 2:35 p.m. #

        I know what you mean Shannon, I wouldn't have guessed that about broccoli either since it is such a hard veggie. It actually has a number of good health benefits. Have a great weekend as well.

    • Corina Ramos

      Corina Ramos 06/07/2013 2:48 p.m. #

      I wondered when you would write about this :)

      I like the sound of everything but the coconut water but since we have a lot in common I wouldn't be surprised if I liked it, that's if I ever try it ;)

      I saw your reply to DC about Advil...I better cut back!
      I love drinking water. I drink 4-5 bottles of water a day. The fruits go by to quick here for me to have a healthy serving but I always keep fruits in the house. I love watermelon but I can't pick on to save my life! I bought two and ended up throwing them out :(

      • Sicorra

        Sicorra 06/07/2013 2:56 p.m. #

        I feel your pain and I like killing it with Advil as well, but I was surprised to find out that it was what was dehydrating me. Good for you for drinking so many bottle of water per day. I saw what you said about watermelons. I still haven't cut the one open that I bought last week, but fingers crossed, that it turns out okay.

    • CarolB

      CarolB 06/07/2013 5:16 p.m. #

      Thanks for the great list - I never knew broccoli was considered a hydrating food. My son's medical issues are exacerbated if he doesn't hydrate well enough, so we are always on the watch for foods to add to his hydration plan. Too bad he hates broccoli!

      • Sicorra

        Sicorra 06/08/2013 10:16 a.m. #

        I am not a huge fan of broccoli either but there are so many other great food choices to help keep a person hydrated. Will he eat any of the others on the list?

    • Zimmy

      Zimmy 06/08/2013 10:08 p.m. #

      I have always loved some cucumbers lightly fried in extra virgin olive oil and topped with light seasonings. I know this defeats the purpose of fighting dehydration but getting rid of its water but they sure are good.

      • Sicorra

        Sicorra 06/12/2013 10:59 a.m. #

        I have never tired that but it sounds quite nice. I have 3 cucumbers in the fridge. I will have to give that a go.

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