Drinking In Your Fruits and Vegetables
Hydrating Through Plant-Based Foods
Water makes up about 60% of our body’s weight and is responsible for allowing every system in our body to function. Without enough water, our bodies will begin to shut down. Sometimes we don’t realize that even just by walking and breathing, we are emitting lots of water. So you should be having an average of eight 8-ounce glasses of water a day depending on your weight and size, and that is just the bare minimum.
Luckily, drinking pure water is not the only way to hydrate your body. Several other drinks such as herbal tea and fresh juice are comprised of mostly water. Although these should not be your main fluid intake, they certainly do help replenish your water supply. If you are a big coffee drinker or consume alcohol regularly, make sure that you balance it out with a glass of water for every cup of coffee or glass of alcohol, as these drinks will dehydrate you.
There are also tons of foods that are full of water and help to keep your body nourished. Many fruits and vegetables are comprised of over 90% water. But remember, bulking up on these foods does not mean you should drink less water! About 20% of your water intake comes from food, so here is a quick overview of which foods have the highest water content:
Veggies: Cucumber, Iceberg lettuce, Zucchini, Radish, Tomato, Celery, Eggplant, Cauliflower, Spinach, Broccoli, Baby carrots and Jicama
Fruits: Watermelon, Grapefruit, Strawberries, Cantaloupe , Peaches, Pineapple, Cranberries, Oranges, Raspberries, Blueberries and Plums
HOW: Another great way to combine fruits, veggies and your water intake is through fruit juices and soups. This is where you get to be creative. Because many plant-based foods are so high in water content, most can easily be transformed into a delicious and healthy juice. Any combination works, and the more you add, the more delicious it will taste. Be careful though because the juicing process does tend to take away some of the substance and fibre leaving you less full than you would be by eating whole fruits or vegetables.
WHY: One of the great things about using water-based foods to hydrate, especially after a workout, is that it can be twice as efficient as simply drinking a glass of water. Fruit and vegetables are full of natural sugars, amino acids, mineral salts and vitamins that have been lost through sweating. The combination of water and nutrient replacement is a great way to hydrate effectively.
WHAT: What is the number of fruits and vegetables you should be eating a day? At least 4 servings of fruit and 5 servings of vegetables are recommended in order to keep hydrated and healthy. Not only are they refreshing, full of great flavour and low in calories, but the water content will help to keep you full throughout the day.