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The best fruits to keep you hydrated this summer

Summer in Dubai sees some serious heat - we’re talking up to 50 degrees!

To make sure you stay happy and healthy over the holidays, it’s important to keep extra hydrated between June and August.

After all, dehydration can cause thirst, dizziness and tiredness. Obviously, it’s not healthy, and it certainly won’t make for an enjoyable summer!

According to Harvard University, staying hydrated ‘is crucial for many reasons: to regulate body temperature, keep joints lubricated, prevent infections…’ and much more.

While it’s recommended that we drink around 2 litres of water a day, fruit is also a great way to top up your H2O intake - not only is it hydrating, but it’s tasty, healthy, and can give you a great energy boost too.

So, here are our top 10 most hydrating fruits that’ll see you through summer.

1. Watermelon

As the name suggests, watermelon has an incredibly high water content - 91%, in fact.

It’s low in calories too, but since it still has simple sugars, it’s a great source of quick energy.

Topped up with plenty of potassium, vitamin A and vitamin C, it’ll even help to boost immunity and improve skin health.

Whether you eat the slices whole or try it in an ice lolly or sorbet, you’ll find that watermelon can be extremely refreshing in those high temperatures.

2. Strawberries

Strawberries are another fruit with up to 91% water content.

Since they’re packed with fibre, they’re great for your digestive health, while all their vitamin C helps with immunity and healthy skin too.

Try eating them whole, adding some to cereal, or creating a delicious smoothie bowl for a healthy breakfast that’ll help keep your H2O levels high.

3. Grapefruit

As they say, you should start as you mean to go on - enjoy some grapefruit at breakfast, and its 91% water content will get you on track to stay healthy and hydrated all day long.

One of the healthiest citrus fruits around, it’s low in calories but high in fibre, vitamins, minerals and antioxidants that can boost your immune system and help you feel full for longer.

Pair it with a generous helping of Greek yoghurt for a tasty, healthy and hydrating breakfast, or throw it together with some pineapple and mint for a refreshing snack or starter.

4. Cantaloupe

At up to 90% water, cantaloupe is the second type of melon you’ll want to be devouring this summer.

Hydration aside, cantaloupe is great for eye health, immunity and healthy digestion too, since they’re packed with vitamin C, fibre and beta-carotene.

Just enjoy a slice on its own, or whip up these tasty fruit kebabs for a fun way to get your H2O kick.

5. Peaches

Coming in at 89% water, peaches are such a delicious, refreshing summer treat.

Did you know that they’re full of fibre, vitamins and minerals that help with digestion and may protect your skin and heart too?

You can’t beat eating fresh peaches on their own, but try roasting them for a remarkable flavour you’ll love.

6. Plums

Tasty, healthy and super hydrating, plums are also made up of about 87% water.

You’ll love the fact that they’re low in calories, while still offering up plenty of fibre, nutrients and antioxidants that benefit heart health and control blood sugar levels.

There’s nothing quite like the taste of fresh, cold plum, but you should try our smoothie breakfast bowl - it’s a great way to make the most of their incredible flavour.

7. Oranges

You might not be surprised to find oranges up here - they’re always so juicy and refreshing!

Not only do they have a water content of up to 87%, but they’re low-calorie and a great source of fibre, vitamin C and folate too.

Just remember, you’ll have to choose the fruit over a glass of orange juice to get all that natural goodness!

Whether you eat them on their own or in a fruit salad, they’ll go down as a real treat on those hot summer days. You could even cover them in chocolate, for an extra-indulgent snack!

8. Pineapple

Believe it or not, pineapple has a water content level of 86%, making it another hydrating fruit that’ll see you through these Dubai summers.

Bringing together a distinctive tropical taste with plenty of nutrients and antioxidants, it’s a delicious way to improve digestion and help your body fight disease.

Why not try grilling it, to help release even more of its incredible flavour?

9. Apples

Also with 86% water content, apples are one of the most popular fruits in the world.

They’re so delicious, and they’re full of fibre, vitamin C and various antioxidants - not to mention filling, especially considering their low-calorie count.

A food that promotes weight loss and that could help lower blood sugar levels, apples are great to eat as they are, or added to a delicious fruity salad.

10. Cherries

A water content level of 82% has earned cherries the final spot in our top 10 list.

Did you know that 100g of them only has around 63 calories?

With potential anti-inflammatory properties, and the possibility of improving sleep, this fruit will make a great addition to your summer diet.

Whether you eat them as they are, or throw them into a smoothie or slushie, you’ll find them so tasty and refreshing in Dubai’s high temperatures.


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