Outside activities begin to make sense with the emergence of pleasant temperatures and bright sunshine. While appreciating the return of summer fun, it is important to remember to stay hydrated.
For years we have been told that maintaining a healthy lifestyle includes exercising and drinking eight glasses of water a day. Water makes up 60% of our body weight and serves many important purposes. In order to prevent dehydration and its pesky side effects, our bodies need water especially when working out. Water aids in digestion and helps flush out toxins and waste. Some people have no problems downing the recommended eight glasses daily. However, there are some who view the eight glass rule as either a chore or intolerable or both. How can we reap the benefits of water without drinking it?
Why not eat our water?
While some water intake needs to come directly from the source, at least 20% can come from elsewhere. By upping the dietary intake of foods high in water content, a person can reach their daily-recommended water goal. Fruits, vegetables, and yogurt have high water content, but they also provide nutritional advantages. When you eat your water, your body receives many other additional health benefits.
Fruits like cantaloupe and peaches not only have high water content (around 90%), but they are also rich in Potassium. Potassium helps your body maintain muscular strength and endurance, particularly when exercising. The water content in tomatoes clocks in around 93%. Tomatoes also contain an abundant amount of lycopene, which has been linked to a lower risk of certain cancers. At least 92% of a watermelon consists of water, hence the name. Watermelon is also an excellent source of vitamin C, which helps preserve joint flexibility and cartilage among other health benefits.
Broccoli’s water content comes in at 91%. Like the tomato, broccoli is rich in lycopene. Leafy greens can be counted on to provide high water content. While iceberg lettuce ranks highest among the greens for water content, it is relatively void of nutrients. A wiser choice would be spinach or kale because both are good sources of fiber, which aids in digestion.
Yogurt is another food that provides high water content, 85%, as well as nutritional benefits. Yogurt contains healthy bacteria called probiotics. This bacteria helps boost immunity that in turn can prevent you from contracting infections. Yogurt is also a great source of calcium.
Who would have thought that eating your water would be so beneficial to your body? If you are struggling to gulp down those eight glasses of water a day, then consider adding foods with high water content to your daily diet. This decision not only helps you meet your recommended daily water allowance, but it has numerous other health advantages.
Spring is here! Let’s make sure that we not only stay hydrated, but we stay healthy too!