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An article by Leslie Goldman in the July 2011 edition of Runner’s World magazine gives you the perfect excuse to enjoy summer produce: to stay hydrated during runs and summer work outs.

The article calls out some of summer’s best fruits and vegetables, including strawberries, avocados, cucumbers, and tomatoes, as ways of not only getting the hydration you need, but also getting post work-out recovery and other essential vitamins and minerals needed to get and stay healthy (and maybe even prevent cancer?).

Here’s some juicy news: Drinking water isn’t the only way to stay hydrated. According to theInstitute of Medicine, 20 percent of your water intake comes from food. “Eating a three-ounce cucumber is like drinking three ounces of water, but better,” says Howard Murad, M.D., author of The Water Secret. Besides being water-rich, vegetables, fruits, and a few other key foods contain nutrients that can boost a runner’s performance and health.

You can read the entire article, ‘Eat Your Water,” here.

Then start running!

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