Top 8 Foods that Hydrate
Hydration Tips – Eat Your Water…Don’t Just Drink It!
Eating a hydrating diet of fruits and vegetables is a great way to “Eat Your Water”. What does that exactly mean? We all know that you should consume at least 8 glasses of water a day to adequately hydrate your body and stay healthy.
But did you know? You can also hydrate by eating hydrating foods. Many doctors recommend including key fruits and veggies into your daily diet not only for it’s nutritious value but it’s hydrating properties. Eating your water provides another source of hydration for those that have a hard time consuming liquids by drinking them.
It’s also a good way to replenish and hydrate your digestive system. There are a lot of fruits and vegetables, in a wide array of colors and flavors that contain not only water but also provides many valuable nutrients, vitamins, minerals and fiber that help to keep you healthy.
Below are the Top 8 fruits and vegetables that have the highest percentage water content that you should consider including in your everyday diet.
Top 5 Fruits & Veggies and Their Water Content:
Cucumbers – Water content: 96.73% : Cucumbers are a source of potassium, phosphorus, magnesium, and a small amount of calcium. They are not high in vitamin and mineral content compared to other veggies, but they do contain a special nutrient called cucurbitacins, which may have an anti-diabetic effect. Try adding cucumber to your water to add flavor.
Iceberg Lettuce – Water content: 95.64% : Even though this variety of lettuce is not as nutrient dense as some of its leafy green cousins, it still offers many good for you benefits. It is low in carbs and sugar, contains fiber, vitamin A & K, potassium and zinc. There are some that say that eating Iceberg Lettuce daily helps them fall asleep easier.
Celery – Water content: 95.43% : Low in calories, protein, and carbohydrates and packed with loads of fiber. Rich in vitamin A & K, folate and potassium. Perfect for a cool crunchy snack anytime. Celery is the perfect ‘vehicle’ for peanut butter, almond butter, sunflower butter or cream cheese.
Tomatoes – Water content: 94.52% : Is it a vegetable or a fruit? Even though I know it’s a fruit, it seems to have more vegetable applications than a fruit in meals. Tomatoes are a fruit brimming with Vitamin C & K, folate and potassium. Tomatoes are also high in lycopene that helps prevent cell damage in the body. Tomatoes are one of the main sources of lycopene in the United States.
Romaine Lettuce – Water content: 93.47% : Romaine lettuce is a cousin to the Iceberg lettuce variety and is just about neck and neck with Iceberg in regards to water content. The darker leaves of the Romaine lettuce offers more nutritional benefits. It is a good source of Vitamin A, C, K, folate and fiber.
Zucchini – Water content: 92.73% : Zucchini contains manganese, potassium, magnesium, Vitamin A, C, K and fiber. It also contains antioxidants like lutein and zeaxanthin, which can help fight damage to the body’s DNA.
Watermelon – Water content: 91.45% : Watermelon is THE summertime staple at any meal. Hydrating, sweet and just plain delicious. It’s hydrating benefits are a great fit for hot weather. No surprise to anyone, watermelon contains mostly water and some good for you vitamins like Vitamin A, C, several B vitamins, potassium, zinc, copper and a lot of other minerals.
Spinach – Water content: 91.4%This small leafy green veggie has a whole host of nutrition and is low calorie too. Spinach is a good source of magnesium, calcium, iron, potassium, vitamin A & K, fiber and folate. Perfect for salads, smoothies, cooked in quiches, omelets and sauces