Eat Your Water!
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Don’t let the cold weather fool you! Drinking water during the winter is at least as important as during the summer. Our bodies are mostly made of water, and they require good hydration to work properly and boost our health and vitality all year round. Even though you aren’t feeling thirsty, your body might send you signals of dehydration in form of chapped lips, a dry cough, mild headaches, nosebleeds, and acne. Not something that you’d like to experience voluntarily!
If you find drinking enough water (yep, only pure water counts!) difficult or repulsive, I have good news for you: You don’t have to drink all that water! There’s a plenty of foods, that are basically mostly water, and even better thing is, that those foods are also really low in calories while they still offer you a bunch of nutrients.
Here are listed my top 10 hydrating food items. I don’t say that you have to eat all listed foods, but try at least some of them every day, and I bet that you’ll feel refreshed!
Cucumber. This green queen has the highest water content of any solid food, with water content of 96%. And what’s even better is that it’s available year-round, and has no saturated fat or cholesterol, and is very high in vitamin K, vitamin B6 and iron.
Iceberg lettuce. Normally I would recommend you to choose some darker green leaves, like spinach, when making salads due to their higher amounts of fiber and nutrients. But when it comes to the water content, iceberg lettuce will win the race with water content of 95.6%.
Celery. You may have heard that urban legend about celery having negative calories. Well, it isn’t quite true, but its high water content (95%) makes it low calorie food. One celery stalk offers you only 6kcal, but it fills you up with water and fiber, among some folate and vitamins A, C, and K, for example.
Radish. These refreshing root vegetables shouldn’t be forgotten when it comes to water-containing foods. They are filled with antioxidants and high water content of 95%, that makes them perfect tasty add into your wintery salads.
Tomato. These kitchen staples are composed of about 95 percent water, that means that these red diamonds really have their place in your salads, sauces and sandwiches. And how handy (and hydrating!) snacks are sweet cherry tomatoes!
Green peppers. Bell peppers of all shades have a high water content, but green peppers reach the top with almost 94% water content, and yet they’re still excellent sources of vitamin C, thiamine, vitamin B6, and folic acid.
Cauliflower. Something that I love, and my husband avoids till the end 😉 . Anyhow, cauliflower contains despite its modest essence a whopping 92% of water (broccoli comes a little behind with 90% water content), and it still offers me (and you!) a bunch of vitamins and phytonutrients.
Watermelon. It’s quite obvious that watermelon is full of, well, water (actually 92% of it), but thanks to its essential salt, calcium, potassium, sodium and magnesium, it is ideal for rehydration.
Strawberries. My all time favorite (healthy) sweet treat and perfect snack for staying hydrated. They contain 91% of water (blackberries have around 88%, and raspberries and blueberries 85%) and are loaded with fiber and vitamin C. Like I said, perfect berries 😛 .
Grapefruit. Last but not least, one of my favorite citrus fruit, that is to say grapefruit. It has a great 90% water content, and studies have shown that compounds in this fruit will help in fat burn and stabilize blood sugar, therefore helping to reduce all those sweet cravings. Win-win, I would say!