We all know that hydration is vital to our health. When it comes to hydration, we might often think just of water, but did you know that what you eat plays a significant role?
Staying properly hydrated requires a balance of water, electrolytes (e.g., sodium, potassium, magnesium, calcium, chloride, phosphorus), and carbohydrates. If one is imbalanced, the balance of the others can be affected, too. This balance is achieved through a combination of food and water: A balanced diet rich in vegetables and fruits and about two to three litres of water each day generally provides the levels most people need. (Of course, the amount of water you need varies depending on a number of factors including how often you are moving your body, climate etc.)
Drinking too much water can actually cause a loss of vitamins and minerals as they get flushed out as the body voids excess fluids. The key is to “strategically hydrate” by eating your water throughout the day so that your body has a steady stream of hydration and nutrients to keep it energized and working optimally.
About one-fifth of our water consumption comes from foods (namely fruits and vegetables). Here are our 7 favourite hydrating foods which will help you to stay properly hydrated alongside your regular water consumption.
Aptly named, watermelon is about 92 percent water. It’s filled with nutrients like vitamins A, B6, and C, as well as lycopene and antioxidants. Why not snack on frozen pieces of watermelon for a cooling snack on a sunny day?
Who can resist a summery bowl of sweet strawberries? Strawberries have a water content of 92 percent, making them one of the most hydrating berries. (Raspberries register at 87 percent H20 while blueberries boast 85 percent.) Double up on your hydration and add some strawberries to your water for a delicious infusion.
This tropical fruit is packed full of hydration with a water content of 86 percent. Pineapple has high levels of vitamin C, vitamin B, magnesium, potassium, and manganese. It also contains bromelain, an enzyme with anti-inflammatory properties. Try poaching pineapple in orange juice and lime zest, serve with basil yoghurt for a sophisticated summer dessert. (Yoghurt is also 88 percent water, not to mention, it’s a great source of protein and gut-healthy probiotics)
Roasted, steamed or riced, cauliflower is incredibly versatile and can take on so many flavours. With 92 percent water content, it’s a great vegetable to aid hydration. It’s also a great way to add fibre to your diet, with 3.5 grams in one cup of cooked cauliflower.
Potatoes contain about 80 percent water and are a good source of potassium, a key mineral in maintaining healthy blood pressure. But when it comes to water content, not all potatoes are created equal. Waxy varieties—like red skins—tend to have a higher water content than other varieties like russets. Try baking your potatoes with the skin on to retain optimum potassium levels.
Radishes are an astonishing 95 percent water, and they are a great choice for warmer days. Did you know that radishes are known for their cooling effect? Studies show that the natural heat or spicy flavour of a radish acts on the body to help alleviate excess heat in the body. They are also a great source of vitamin c, phosphorus and zinc, keys minerals, and antioxidants that protect cells and help to nourish tissues.
Cucumbers contain about 95 percent water, and they’re packed with potassium. They also contain an anti-inflammatory substance, fisetin, which promotes brain health. Cucumbers make perfect salad companions and are delicious whizzed up with tomatoes, alongside garlic, onion and spices to make a cooling gazpacho soup.
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