Eat for Longevity: Choose Foods that Hydrate your Body

Although drinking water regularly throughout the day  is the best way to stay hydrated, you can also re-hydrate your body by eating certain foods.

Here are the healthiest natural foods to hydrate your body and help you live a healthier life.

Cucumbers

Cucumbers are readily available during the summer months. Eat them plain,  added to salads, with yogurt or make cold cucumber soup.

Lettuce

Lettuce

Hydrate with a green leafy salad. Lettuces, spinach, chard and kale are all healthy and thirst-quenching.

Radish

Radishes can spice up any dish, thanks to their half-sweet, half-spicy flavour.

Tomatoes

tomatoes

Munch on tomatoes during tomato season. Try a bowl of small tomatoes with olives, basil and garlic – a great way to quench your thirst and feed your appetite

Green Peppers

Load up on green peppers. Although red and yellow peppers contain water and are high in nutrients, green peppers have the highest water content and hydrate the body effectively.

Watermelon

 

watermelon

Stave off hunger  and refresh with watermelon. Watermelons are almost entirely water, they help keep you feeling full for longer and are packed with lycopene, considered to be a cancer-fighting antioxidant.

Spinach

Munch on juicy young spinach to hydrate your body.  Fibre-rich spinach also contains many antioxidants and is high in vitamin E.

Berries

Berries
Berries

Eat berries to stave off thirst. Strawberries, blueberries and raspberries contain high percentages of water. Throw in some leafy greens and you have a great between-meal snack.

Broccoli

Broccoli also has fibre, potassium, vitamin A, and vitamin C. It boosts the body’s protective enzymes and fights cancer.

Grapefruit

Hydrate with grapefruit. Juicy grapefruit can also lower bad cholesterol and triglycerides, and helps stabilise blood sugar, which curbs cravings and stops overeating.

 

Remember that  plain simple water is still the best way to hydrate your body, cleanse from toxins, is great for your skin and general vitality.

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Compiled by Milla Black for Longevity magazine.