We all know that we should be drinking water or fluids throughout the day to stay hydrated, but some of us simply don’t like guzzling water day in and day out (and making multiple bathroom stops on top of it). So to help you get that extra H2O in your system, I stopped by Living Healthy Chicago to share some of my favorite foods that are over 90% water content.
To recap the video, we discussed just how important it is to stay hydrated since every single cell in our body is primarily comprised of water. Being hydrated helps us maintain the function of just about every single system in our body, it helps us carry nutrients to our cells, it helps us eliminate toxins via our urine, and even helps us regulate our body temperature.
When we are dehydrated, we can become fatigued, our metabolism slows down, we can easily cramp up after exercise, and we simply just don’t feel well when we aren’t drinking enough liquids. The most important thing about staying hydrated though is that sometimes water is not enough – when we sweat and when we lose liquids we are losing vitamins and minerals and electrolytes that we need to replenish to re-hydrate ourselves. In order to get these electrolytes back into our system, we need to consume foods that have the rehydration salts and minerals as well as water content. Here’s a list of foods with over 90% water content.
Eat These Foods To Stay Hydrated
- Cucumber – cucumber is over 96% water content and is great to add to juices, salads, and to dip in hummus.
- Peppers – green and red bell peppers are extremely hydrating and contain antioxidants and vitamins that give us extra energy.
- Tomatoes – tomatoes also contain powerful antioxidants that help protect us from free radicals and even act as a defense against UV rays for our skin.
- Watermelon – watermelon also has rehydration salts like potassium and sodium and also contains a cancer fighting antioxidant called lycopene (that is also found in tomatoes).
- Spinach – not only is spinach over 90% water content, it also contains folate, potassium, and other essential vitamins and minerals that supports energy production and brain health.
- Berries – strawberries, blueberries, and raspberries are also a great immune boosting fruit group because of their high vitamin C content.
- Broccoli and Cauliflower – both of these cruciferous veggies are extremely hydrating and are also great for our gut health.
- Celery – celery also contains vitamins A C K which help boost immunity, support skin health, and support healthy blood clotting.
If you want to put these foods to good use, be sure to watch the segment clip from Living Healthy as we whipped up a cauliflower fried rice recipe that is not only hydrating, but packed with additional health benefits as well.