When people feel dehydrated they immediately think I need to drink water. But did you know we can get our water intake from foods, not just liquids?
On average the human body is made up of approximately 45-75% water, so it is key we keep the body hydrated. If not, it can lead to health issues such as:
- Skin conditions (Very big in my case)
- Changes in blood pressure
- Muscle cramping
- Muscle tightening (stretching only works when the muscles are hydrated)
- Increased heart rate
- If dehydration goes on for a long term, it can cause organ failure
Now, if you are like me, I do my best to drink plenty of fluids but sometimes there is just not the accessibility. Other than drinking fluids, we can keep the body hydrated, by eating foods with high water content.
It’s no surprise the highest water-retaining foods belong to the fruit and vegetable family. Here below are 20 foods that you could incorporate to your diet, that provide additional hydration.
- Cucumber and Lettuce are made up of 96% water – the most dense of fruits in terms of water content
- Celery, Radishes and Zucchini are made up of 95% water
- Tomatoes are made up of 94% water
- Cabbage are made up of 93% water
- Capsicum (bell pepper), Cauliflower, Eggplant, Spinach, Strawberries and Watermelon are made up of 92% water
- Broccoli made up of 91% water
- Cantaloupe made up of 90% water
- Peaches made up of 88% water
- Oranges, Pineapple and Raspberries made up of 87% water
Hydration is key to leading a healthy lifestyle!
*Disclaimer – Recommendations only, not to be used as professional medical advice. Please consult a health professional to seek professional help.