Since young age we have been taught that it’s essential for humans to drink at least 8 glass of water a day and some nutritionist suggest even more.
Why is it so necessary to drink such quantity of water every day? It’s because more than half of our body is made of water and it’s required by our body to regulate various activities like maintaining body fluids, control calories, carrying oxygen to the cells etc.
The reason why you might be feeling fatigued, dizzy or moody is because you may be dehydrated. It’s not necessary to always have water to keep you hydrated, there are plenty of fruits and vegetables which are high in water content along with good taste too, which will help to keep you constantly hydrated.
Cucumber is the vegetable with highest water content of around 96%. It’s the most served summer veggie as it has the highest water content. You can have it in your salads or serve with some hummus. You can even make cucumber soup by adding some nonfat yogurt or cream, mint leaves and ice cubes and then serve it chilled.
After cucumber, it’s Iceberg lettuce to have the highest water content of around 95%. No doubt that spinach lettuce or kale contains higher amounts of fiber and nutrients such as folate and vitamin K and is often suggested by the health experts. But when it comes to water content, iceberg lettuce tops the game. So during summers, add much of it into your diet, be as creative as you can, add it in salad, sandwiches or ditch the tortillas and use it as your wraps.
Celery is also one of the vegetables which is high in water content but along with being light on calories, i.e. 6 calories per stalk, it’s high on folate and vitamins A, C, and K. Celery proves to be a good option in neutralizing stomach acid and has been often recommended as a natural remedy towards the problem of heartburn and acid reflux. One or two punch of celery fibre is sufficient enough to fill you up and curb your appetite.
Tomatoes are composed of almost 94% of water and thus, make for an excellent hydrating snack. It has about 3 milligrams of lycopene per tomato. You can have it in your salad dressings, sandwiches, soups or you can even add it in your cold pressed juices. Have any variety of tomato in your diet and it will surely keep you hydrated on the go.
Watermelon is the perfect fruit to escape your summer hues. This juicy fruit is watery and can really help to keep you hydrated throughout. Watermelon, above all, is the major source of lycopene which is a cancer-fighting antioxidant found in red fruits and vegetables. It has about 12 milligrams of lycopene per wedge. Watermelon is made of 92% water. The salt, calcium and magnesium content in it are what make it an ideal fruit for rehydration. Along with the sweet flavor you bit in the goodness of potassium, vitamin A and vitamin C.
People really go crazy for this tropical drink and this is due to its hydrating properties. Not only the coconut water keeps you hydrated, but it’s also a great drink for fitness freaks and for people in general as it is low on carbohydrates, while still rich in potassium. It’s rehydrating after short exercises but if you go through rigorous training, then it may fall short in giving back the salt lost by body during the exercise.
Iceberg lettuce and celery are high in water content but spinach is a vegetable which along with water content also consists nutritional value too. It has around 91% of water content in it. Spinach is a rich source of potassium, fiber, lutein, and brain-boosting folate. One cup of one cup of raw spinach has 15% of your daily intake of vitamin E which is an important antioxidant to fight against free radicals. Have it with sandwich, salad, pasta, or even as a vegetable along with chapatis.
There are lots of berries, but this red berry stands above all . It is strawberry which has water content of almost 91% in it. Strawberries are the most commonly available and are easy to munch on. These are rich in carbohydrates, fiber, and protein which can make for a great post-workout recovery snack. You can have it in your smoothies, fruit salad, mix with plain nonfat yogurt or even top on your pancakes.
Broccoli consists of an amazing amount of water content of around 91%. Coming from the family of cauliflower, raw broccoli can add perfect crunch to your salads and pasta. It consists lots of fiber, potassium, vitamin A, and vitamin C and in addition to that, it has significant amount of sulforaphane, a compound which helps to flush out the cancer-causing chemicals.
This citrusy fruit reminds us of summer days when every afternoon we would snack on it. Grapefruit has good amount of water content. A single grapefruit has around 90.5% water in it. You would be further amazed to know that researches have shown that people who have one grapefruit a day, can lower their bad (LDL) cholesterol by 15.5% and their triglycerides by 27%.
It also helps to lose weight where in the person aiming to lose weight should have one grapefruit before a meal for 12 weeks continuously and it can help you to loose almost around three and a half pounds of the weight. It helps to burn fast and stabilize blood sugar, decreasing your cravings.
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