How many times have you gone about your day, not realizing that you haven’t drank as much water as you should? The body is made up of roughly 60-70% of water. If you don’t drink enough water the sensation of thirst decreases. As you increase the amount of water that you drink, the body signals its desire to drink more water. Being dehydrated can make you feel tired, restless, and overall bad.
The benefits of drinking at least 64 oz of water a day include, but are not limited to the following:
- Improve complexion
- Better Joint health
- Better Digestion
- Relieve Constipation
- Supports Weight Loss
- Prevent headaches
There are many different methods to re-hydrate your body. It is easy to become tired of chugging water, drinking electrolyte drinks, or sports drinks. There are many foods that can help you feel more hydrated.
Cucumbers have the greatest amount of water content of any solid food. They have a
water content of 96.7%. You can eat cucumbers in salads, sliced, or even dip them in hummus. You can also mix cucumber into yogurt, eat with mint, or even freeze slices into ice cubes. Any way you eat them, cucumbers are sure to make you feel more refreshed.
Iceberg lettuce has a water content of 95.6%. This type of lettuce has the highest water
content of any lettuce variety. You can eat iceberg lettuce as an addition to sandwiches
or even use it as a base for a salad. Iceberg lettuce is also great to use as a wrap for
burgers or tacos.
Celery has a water content equal to 95.4%. Celery is a low calorie food, having only six
calories per stalk. This vegetable also has enough fiber to fill you up and keep you
satisfied. Celery also contains several nutrients and vitamins including folate, vitamin K,
vitamin A, and Vitamin C. Celery is also able to neutralize stomach acid due to its high
Tomatoes also contain a high water content at 94.5%. They are a delicious addition to
salads, sandwiches, and sauces. Cherry tomatoes also make a great and easy snack when you are on the go.
Bell peppers have a water content of 93.9%. All colors of bell peppers have a very high
water content. Green peppers have the highest water content, followed by red and
yellow bell peppers. Bell peppers are also extremely high in antioxidants, which fight
free radicals. Bell peppers can be eaten raw with hummus, added to a salad, or cooked
in addition to other vegetables in a stir fry.
Cauliflower has a water content of 92.1%. They also are high in phytonutrients and
vitamins that are known to lower cholesterol levels and reduce the risk of cancers.
Cauliflower is delicious in both raw and cooked forms. You can dip cauliflower in ranch
or hummus, roast a head of cauliflower, or add it to soups.
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