Doctors have been telling us to drink eight glasses of water each day to improve our health since the beginning of time, or shortly thereafter, but few of us realize how important a role hydration plays in your daily life. Hydration isn’t simply important during exercise or after a night out – it plays a massive part in how you feel throughout each day.

Even the healthiest people feel tired, sluggish, dried out, or lethargic, if they don’t drink those elusive eight glasses. A single percent of dehydration can equal a 15% drop in performance.

Because a single-percent change in hydration can be so important, feeling your best requires a daily commitment to hydrate yourself consistently every couple of hours to stay at your best.  That means we have to go beyond simply chugging a bottle of water here and there and make hydration a constant daily goal. The best way to do that is to incorporate hydration into your diet.

Best Foods for Hydration

Cucumbers: Like our bodies, most fruits and vegetables are made up of mostly water. Cucumbers are made up of roughly 97% water and offers a nice vitamin C boost to boot.

Watermelon: Water is right in the name and the fruit is made up of roughly 92% water and like tomatoes and grapefruit it’s very high in lycopene to support stronger bones.

Celery: Aside from being one of the healthiest vegetables, celery can contain roughly 95% water as well as nutrients that help your body absorb the water better.

Peaches: These delicious fruits are packed with about 88% water plus an additional bonus of vitamin A and potassium.

Lettuce: Lettuce can go in salads, on sandwiches and burgers, and many other dishes. It packs a good punch with 95% water and tons of vitamin C and folic acid.

Other 85%+ Foods: zucchini, tomatoes, bell peppers, strawberries, cantaloupe, broccoli, carrots, plums, apples, and pears.

Remember that if you want to always feel your best you need to hydrate like the best.