The Importance of Water For Your Health
What does “eat your water” really mean?
Everyone knows that on average we should be drinking eight glasses of water a day- some even recommend more! While this is still a way of putting water into your body it also means eight trips to the bathroom a day! When we eat more water-rich foods, we absorb water more slowly because it is trapped in the structure of these foods. That slow absorption means that water in food stays in our bodies longer, with a multitude of additional benefits.
Cucumbers are 96% water, eating a cucumber is almost the same as drinking water, but better. Besides being full of hydrating H20 and other key water-rich foods contain nutrients, vitamins, minerals and fibre that can improve your health, develop your immune system, and can contribute to loss of energy, headaches and general sluggishness. This is why drinking water has been typically recommended by healthcare professionals for decades.
Our bodies are constantly regenerating, creating new cells to replace old, damaged ones. This means it’s even more important that we eat and drink with a deliberate focus on promoting cellular health. The best way to do this is to keep our body saturated with cell-building elements such as vitamin A, alpha lipoic acid, oleic acid, polyphenols, folic acid and vitamin C. These nutrients can all be found in water-rich foods such as raw fruits and vegetables.
We need to be careful because 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.
By eating your water, you are not only hydrating with H2O, but are also filling your body with everything it needs to become strong and healthy. But by eating several servings of raw fruits or vegetables each day, you will be able to stay hydrated significantly longer.
Foods to keep you hydrated
How do you “eat your water” you ask? Good question. We know it can be a daunting task for some to drink more than 8 glasses of water a day but that’s where water rich foods come in. Even though it is important to drink water these foods can help you increase your water intake. This keeps you that extra bit more hydrated and you receive the benefits from slow absorption.
- Cucumber (96.7% water)
- Celery (95.4% water)
- Tomatoes (94.5% water)
- Watermelon (91.5% water)
- Spinach (91.4% water)
- Iceberg lettuce (95.6% water)
- Radishes (95.3% water)
As a personal goal try and up your water intake with these water rich foods and you’ll start feeling the health benefits in no time!
Written by Lucy Mingo, our Spa Manager.
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