Eat Your Hydration With These Top Water-Rich Foods
While we know we are supposed to keep hydrated and drink lots of water, is it possible that we can we eat it too? There is a general rule of thumb that we’re supposed to generally consume eight glasses of water per day, and falling short of this suggested amount can lead to dehydration, which comes with its own set of health complications which include fatigue, headaches and – in severe cases – organ failure.That being said, some of us may find it difficult to drink eight glasses of water a day, in order to meet our hydration needs. However, as opposed to drinking water straight from the glass, a recommendation from the Institute of Medicines suggests that our daily water intake can come from certain foods.
Read on to discover which foods you can enjoy next time you’re feeling thirsty.
At 97%, cucumber has the highest water content out of any food – they’re also incredibly healthy. Aside from their high water content, cucumbers also contain vitamin K, vitamin B6, potassium and magnesium. So if you’re looking to quench your thirst, add cucumbers to your stir-fries or enjoying
a chilled cucumber soup.
With a high water content (95%), celery almost contains no calories as well as a range of important nutrients. Celery contains folate, which is an important nutrient that helps to prevent birth defects, as well as fibre and vitamins A, K and potassium. Studies have highlighted how vitamin K can protect against heart disease. Celery can be enjoyed raw or cooked and you can add to soups, salads or dips.
These root vegetables contain water content of 95% and aside from their bright colour and spicy-sweet taste; they’re bursting with both antioxidants and nutrients. Radishes contain catechins (an antioxidant also found in green tea) as well as plenty of fibre (which helps support a healthy digestive system) and vitamin C. Radishes can be added to your salads and coleslaws.
If you needed and more reason to love tomatoes, they’re great at keeping you hydrated. Aside from their 94% water content, tomatoes are incredibly nutritious. They contain the antioxidant lycopene which has been studied for its ability to lower the risk for prostate cancer. Aside from adding sliced and diced tomatoes to your salads and sandwiches, you can also pop them in your mouth for the perfect hydrating snack or use them in your appetizers.
5. Green peppers
Although bell peppers generally have a high water content, green peppers contain slightly more than the red and yellow varieties with 93% as opposed to their 92%. These peppers also contain B vitamins, vitamin C and fibre. Moreover, green peppers are one of the few foods that contain the highest amount of vitamin C. Vitamin C is known for boosting the immune system but it also helps to protect our cells from free radicals (which prevents premature ageing). Green peppers can be enjoyed raw as a snack or added to salads and stir-fries.
This cruciferous vegetable has a water content of 92% and it’s incredibly rich in many mineral- mainly choline. Choline is an essential nutrient that studies have linked to the improvement of brain health, heart health as well as DNA synthesis.
With a name like that, it should be no surprise that watermelon is full of water- 92% water at that. However, a not so obvious fact is that watermelon is also incredibly rich in the prostate cancer-fighter antioxidant lycopene- more so than tomatoes. It also contains vitamin C, vitamin A, magnesium and potassium.
With its 90% water content, grapefruits cannot only keep you hydrated but it can also help lower cholesterol, stabilize blood sugar levels and shrink your waistline, research suggests. Grapefruits can be enjoyed plain or added to salads.
Moreover, aside from keeping us hydrated, these foods can also provide our bodies with many vitamins and minerals that’ll boost our health. Click here to find out more about the recommendation.
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