As the weather begins to heats up it's time to start thinking about keeping our bodies hydrated. Last summer we shared Tips to Stay Hydrated and this year we will look more specifically at the foods we eat with thanks to Edvinas from Water On Top.
If you are making sure your body gets enough water every day, you’ve probably counted the glasses of water you drink per day. But have you also considered how hydrating your diet can be? Have you ever tried to improve hydration with food? And do you know what the most hydrating foods are for your body? Let‘s have a look at the Top 10 of them!
1. Cucumber contain a good amount of water - 96%. As cucumbers contains so much water, they are low in calories and concentration of nutrients. Having cucumber slices as a snack, or including it in a salad, will also provide vitamin C, K, A, manganese, magnesium and potassium. Furthermore, as cucumbers have antioxidant properties, they help to reduce the risk of heart diseases.
2. Iceberg Lettuce is 96% water. By making these salads a regular part of your diet, you can be sure to supply your body with water but also vitamin A, vitamin C, calcium as well as even iron. It also contains beneficial substances such as potassium, folate, vitamin K and magnesium.
3. Radishes have 95% water. This vegetable is undeservedly unpopular and, although not too commonly used, is actually one of the healthiest vegetables! In addition to having more than a dozen substances our body needs such as calcium, magnesium, zinc, phosphorus, vitamins B-6 and K, it also has properties that help prevent cancer.
4. Celery water content is 95%. Although it is not very popular in cooking due to its taste, it has many positive health benefits, including: reduces blood pressure, stimulate neurogenesis and, as an antioxidant, helps fight various diseases. Next time you are making salads or soup, try to add some celery, or even it‘s seeds!
5. Zucchini are made up of 94% water. In addition to zucchini being a hydrating food, they also contain calcium, magnesium, iron, phosphorus, potassium, vitamins A, C and K. Like celery, zucchini also contains antioxidants. This vegetable can be added to pasta, stews, soups or even cakes and pancakes! There are no limits to your creativity!
6. Tomatoes have high water content, about 94% and are special because of their variety of flavours and uses in different dishes. Indeed, they should be used almost daily as they are anti-carcinogenic, antioxidant and improve the health of your liver and other organs.
7. Spinach contains 91% water and a wide variety of valuable minerals and vitamins such as iron, folate, magnesium, fiber, Vitamin E, A and C. You can use spinach not only for salads, but also for various pastries. Give it a try!
8. Watermelon have 92% water. It is a fruit that is reminiscent of summer that certainly helps us to freshen up in hot weather. In addition to being rich in water, each bite of watermelon is enriched with amino acids, vitamins A, B6 and C, as well as lycopene. Delicious, refreshing and healthy: what could be better?
9. Strawberries are made up of 91% water. These berries can be eaten as a snack or a dessert, used in pastries or as a condiment for various dishes. In any case, the choice to use them is definitely a good one as they contain vitamins C and K, provide manganese, potassium and folic acid.
10. Rockmelon is also one of the fruits high in water, it contains approximatetely 90% water. What's more, having over ten vitamins and minerals, it helps fight disease and improve immune function. Rockmelon is a source of iron, so it is recommended to be eaten more by those having iron deficiency.
Source of information: https://www.waterontop.com/articles/hydrating-foods/