Hydration is important for your overall health, but there are other ways
to get enough water. Here are five foods high in water that can help you
avoid dehydration -- and make you look and feel your best.
Everybody knows we need to drink enough water to stay healthy. It’s
drummed into our heads: Drink at least eight glasses a day, or you’re
not getting enough. But it doesn’t have to be all about drinking
– you can eat your water, too. Fruits and vegetables with water
content of 85 percent or higher are great for helping you stay hydrated.
Almost a fourth of people’s daily water intake comes from foods,
especially fruits and vegetables. So it makes good sense to add more watery
foods to your regimen in addition to having plenty of fresh water.
Eat your water!
Here are five ways to get more water without spending all day sipping
from your water bottle:
Oranges. Refreshing, tasty oranges are not just one of the juiciest fruits you
can eat (they're 87 percent water), they’re considered a top
source of important minerals and vitamins. And since they come in their
own "wrapper," nothing could be easier than tossing a whole
orange in your bag to enjoy whenever you feel thirsty or have the urge
to eat goodies.
Watermelon. Everyone’s favorite summer treat is not only sweet, its minerals
and fiber really satisfy short-term hunger. Keep pre-cut slices in the
fridge for whenever the mood to nibble strikes you, and carry them with
you for an afternoon pick-me-up. Along with strawberries, watermelon is
the fruit highest in water, at 92 percent. Inexpensive mini-watermelons
are available year-round, too, so you can indulge in a melon break almost
whenever you want.
Cucumber. A cucumber is 96 percent water, as high as iceberg lettuce. By eating
your water in cucumber form, you’ll not only get 3 ½ fluid
ounces per serving your body can utilize efficiently, you get good fiber
and nutrients along with it. Cut cucumber in three inch quarters and stash
them in a plastic container for a cool, watery snack on-the-go.
Baby Carrots. Easy to pack and carry, crisp baby carrots have more minerals and vitamins
per ounce than almost any other fresh veggie you can eat. In fact, some
experts call carrots “the world’s healthiest food,”
and no wonder: They contain vitamins K, E, B6, B1, B2 and C, biotin, potassium,
manganese, niacin, molybdenum, pantothenic acid, phosphorus, folate and
copper. Surprisingly, carrots are 87 percent water. Drink your carrots
from a juicer or add them to a smoothie! Learn more about
juicing, and see our list of the
best and worst juices and smoothies.
Strawberries. One of nature’s best-kept secrets, strawberries are among the top
three “super-foods” – packed with antioxidants, vitamins
and minerals – plus they are 92 percent water. To keep them fresher
longer, don’t wash strawberries when you get them home from the
store; simply keep them in an airtight container until you’re ready
to use them. Today’s berries have been naturally developed to resist
bruising, so it’s easier than ever to take them with you.
Research indicates that fruit and vegetables can hydrate the body twice
as effectively as plain water. This is because the water in food is enclosed
in complex molecules that help it get absorbed better, and keep it in
the body longer. Essential to our basic bodily functions, keeping water
inside you longer is important in so many ways. A healthy level of water
helps flush out waste products and toxins, regulates digestion and body
temperature, lubricates joints and keeps the tissues of our eyes, mouth
and nose moist and disease-resistant. As a bonus, getting plenty of water
helps skin stay plump and younger-looking. And if you add more fruit and
veggies to your diet, you get the health benefits of all those wholesome
foods' vitamins and other nutrients.
Of course it's still important to drink plenty of water (especially
during the summer), but you can quench your thirst and boost your health
by munching on these super-hydrating foods. Just don’t overdo the
water-binging: Drinking more than 1 liter an hour can lead to what’s
known as water intoxication. But even in lesser quantities, drinking too
much water too quickly can, in fact, deplete your body of vitamins and
minerals by flushing them out of the body.
Have any great ideas for staying hydrated? Share them in the comments below.
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