As temperatures heat up, look to the produce aisle to quench your thirst! At 92% water, watermelon is an excellent way to stay hydrated during the summer months.1 The Mayo Clinic agrees that you don’t need to rely only on what you drink to meet your fluid needs. Here’s how reaching for a refreshing slice of watermelon can help.
The Mayo Clinic explains that water (like in watermelon) is your body’s principal chemical component and makes up about 60 percent of your body weight. Your body depends on water to survive.
Every cell, tissue and organ in your body needs water to work properly. Lack of water can lead to dehydration — a condition that occurs when you don’t have enough water in your body to carry out normal functions. Even mild dehydration can drain your energy and make you tired.
The Center for Disease Control (CDC) says that daily fluid intake (total water) is defined as the amount of water consumed from foods, plain drinking water, and other beverages.
For your body to function properly, you must replenish its water supply by consuming beverages and foods that contain water. Additionally, a 2-cup serving of watermelon delivers potassium (6% DV) that may help with water balance.1
For more science-backed nutrition information, take a deeper dive into a dietitian’s world in the Wide World of Watermelon (aka the new WWW). The WWW makes it easier to find all the health benefits, versatility and wonder of watermelon in an exclusive RDN toolkit that is:
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USDA Food Composition Database. https://ndb.nal.usda.gov/ndb/search/list?home=true Accessed March 25, 2019.