TOP 5 FRUITS AND VEGETABLES TO HELP YOU STAY HYDRATED
Severally we get to hear on the importance of staying hydrated and in my previous post, I wrote about the possible dangers of drinking too much water as it can be harmful to the body. At times, we hardly remember to take in the recommended amount of water due to reasons such as tight work schedules where we get busy the whole day. However, carrying a water bottle is not the only solution to staying hydrated the entire day. There are many more sources where we can obtain water from in a healthy unique way.
Have we ever thought about the benefits of simple foods that we eat just because we see others taking them or simply because we grew up knowing that it should be part of our meal? Rarely do we question about the benefits obtained from the vegetables and fruits we eat. However, some of them have more nutritious benefits than we ever thought. Below are several fruits and vegetables that you could make use of to increase your hydration levels.
- Cucumber– 96.7%
Cucumber is said to be the vegetable containing the highest percentage of water, having a 96.7% of it as water. Cucumber contains water and electrolytes which are helpful in reducing dehydration levels in the body. Aside from helping reduce dehydration levels, cucumber has many other benefits including: acting as a remedy for weight loss, cancer prevention due to nutrients known as cucurbitacins which prevent cancer cells from surviving in the body.
Adding cucumber to your meals or salads can be a great way to spice up your health journey. Adding it to water while making cucumber water is also a way to stay hydrated and lose weight at the same time. What do you say, killing two birds with one stone.
2. Tomatoes– 94.5%
They contain about 94.5% as water. Tomatoes are part of the berry family, which constitutes a large part of the fruits that contain water. Tomatoes are a rich source of minerals and vitamins containing vitamin C, potassium, vitamin K1 and folate as some of its compounds. They have immense health benefits such as cancer prevention due to its rich source of antioxidants and vitamin C which prevent formation of free radicals which cause cancer, lower blood pressure due to its high level of potassium, reduction of kidney stones. Remember when we talked about the dangers of overworking your kidneys by taking in too much water, well you can help your kidneys by cooking your food with some tomatoes to reduce the activities by the kidney.
Tomatoes are great for creating smoothies with due to their rich minerals. Next time remember to grab some tomato smoothie as you make some salad for the family.
3. Green pepper– 93.9%
I was shocked to know that green pepper is among the top vegetables with high amounts of water within it, having water taking up 93.9% of the vegetable. Green pepper being in the same family as the red and yellow pepper, it is one that has the leading amounts of water compared to the other types of pepper. Aside from being beneficial in staying hydrated, it is beneficial in maintaining our colon health due to its rich source of fiber, are great in reducing cardiovascular risks due to presence of vitamin C and have anti-inflammatory properties which are helpful in relieving the swelling and pain associated with arthritis.
To make good use of green pepper, add them as part of your salad when taking any food and if you enjoy having colorful plate do a mixture of it together with the red and yellow pepper.
4. Cauliflower- 92.1%
I must admit, initially I was never a fan of cauliflower. I could not withstand seeing it on my plate leave alone having a taste of it. Whether cooked or added into salads, we never met eye to eye with cauliflower. However, once I learnt about its benefits, I could not help myself from resisting it. Slowly by slowly, keeping the benefits in mind and avoiding the hatred thoughts towards it, I began consuming making recipes that I would be able to incorporate it. You might be wondering what kind of benefits does it have? It is very rich in water content as water makes up 92.1% of it. Aside from that, cauliflowers are beneficial in boosting our heart health due to sulforaphane, it is an anti-inflammatory, it helps boost brain health (improve your child’s brain health by adding some cauliflower to their meals) and helps in detoxification.
5. Watermelon– 91.5%
We hardly can resist the watery look from watermelons with their attractive red color glowing at us as we pass-by near the grocery store. We are left thinking on whether to buy the fruit or not. Its time, we give in to our thoughts and get ourselves some watermelon as we pass near grocery stores. Watermelon makes up the top 5 fruits that help us stay hydrated having water capacity of 91.5%. Despite the facts that we hear about watermelons being merely a fruit containing water and sugar, it has many more benefits to it than that which the human eye can see. Some of the other benefits other than hydration are asthma prevention, lowers blood pressure, prevention of constipation, reduction of muscle soreness and a glowing skin.
To ensure incorporation of watermelon in your diet, you can spice up it up by blending it with some ice to give you that refreshing feeling through out the day.
Fruits and vegetables not only help in keeping us hydrated but have many additional benefits. Therefore, before going for carbonated drinks to quench our thirst, lets get ourselves some fruits or vegetables or carry them along with your water bottle in form of smoothies and juices. Share your thoughts regarding fruits and vegetables as a method of hydration.
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