It is a known fact that our body cannot function properly if it is dehydrated. Water comprises almost 60 percent of our body weight. All the nutritionists, diet and health experts always emphasize to drink water throughout the day. Many essential vitamins and minerals are water soluble and can be easily absorbed when body is hydrated. Water is required for good digestion, getting toxins/waste out of the body and transporting oxygen. Water is Life!!
Although it’s recommended to drink lots of water throughout the day, it’s difficult to consume plain water in more quantities. Instead we can also increase water intake by adding water rich foods to our diet. Water rich foods helps in losing weight and give collagen and elastin a boost, which means younger looking skin and stronger muscles. H2O rich foods are low in calories hence less weight gain.
There are a variety of fruits and vegetables that are full of H2O. Below we have a list of hydrates easily available which can keep you hydrated:
Coconut water has 95 percent water. Good choice for instant rehydration.
This super hydrating fruit has 90% water content. Cantaloupe is a rich source of potassium(electrolyte), hence helps in maintaining fluid balance and muscle functioning.
A one-cup serving contains as equal potassium as present in one medium banana. Cantaloupe is also known as muskmelon or mush melon. Vitamin A,C and K are other nutrients found abundantly in Cantaloupe.
Strawberries are another fruit that are made up of 92% water. They are a rich source of antioxidants and folate. So get revitalized and hydrated with this superfood.
Pineapple is one more tasty fruit with 87% water. This tasty fruit is packed with goodies like vitamins A and C. It is a rich source of bromelain enzyme which is good for digestion and detoxing.
Additionally it also has thiamin, calcium and potassium.
Cucumbers tops this list with maximum water content, with 96%. Cucumber skin contains vitamin c and caffeic acid which reduces skin irritations. Cucumber also has minerals and silica which helps connective tissues in the body. Consuming a watermelon or cucumber after a workout may hydrate your body twice as effectively as compared to a glass of water.
This sweet ball of juice is a perfect snack as it’s comprised of 87% water. It provides more than 100% of your daily requirement of vitamin C and potassium which balances body fluid levels.
Loaded with almost 92% water, as the name itself contains water. This cheap fruit can be the numero uno source of your daily hydration. Go ahead and use it into smoothies, juices or salads. Watermelon is also a rich source of beta -carotene and vitamin C. As a result keeps your skin hydrated and glowing.
Eat your water
We are supposed to drink eight to nine glasses of water per day (experts recommend).
This can be very boring and difficult to gulp down all that water. You don’t have to drink large quantity of water. You can have a major portion of H2O intake from fruits and vegetables too!!
Let me know of any other foods that can be added to above list in the comments below.