15 Awesome Foods That Will Retain You Hydrated
The importance of hydration cannot be understated. It is key to health as the human body is essentially made of water. While more and more are becoming aware of the necessity of keeping hydrated through fluid intake, many proceed to eat foods which are particularly dehydrating. A 2% drop in body water can cause a critical shrinkage of the brain, which is itself 95% water. See below for a list of 15 of the best foods for hydration.
1 – Cucumbers
Cucumber is almost 97% water. It has the highest water content of any food. It burns more calories in digesting than it actually gives out, so is ideal for weight loss.
2 – Iceberg Lettuce
Iceberg lettuce is about 96% water content. It does tend to be much criticized due to the fact that it is not the most nutritionally dense of materials. But then again, it is practically harmless, far less harmful than many other widely consumed foods. It is also easy to add to any diet and does not have a strong taste. It has the highest water content of any type of lettuce.
3 – Radishes
Coming in at 95.3% water content is radishes. They are a refreshing root vegetable and provide a nice blend of color and sweetness to any salad. Like lettuce, radishes are an easy to eat food which can be added to any meal. They also have a crunchy texture and are packed full of antioxidants.
4 – Celery
Celery is around 95% water content. Like cucumbers, celery is accredited with having negative calories. Celery has around 6 calories per stalk. Along with the water, it gives a decent serving of fiber. It also contains high amounts of A, C and K. It is helpful for neutralizing stomach acid and good for heartburn.
5 – Tomatoes
Around 94.5 % water content, tomatoes are a surprising entry onto the list. A perfect addition to any sandwich or salad. Scientifically speaking, contrary to popular belief, tomatoes are most definitely a fruit and not a vegetable. Does not really matter what they are labeled they taste great and have a high-water content.
6 – Green Peppers
Green peppers are a little stronger to taste than other entries on this list. They are best stir friend to release the rich antioxidants, but for those who can handle them raw, the benefits are multiplied. 93.9% water content. They contain more moisture than their yellow and red pepper counterparts.
7 – Cauliflower
Despite its white color, cauliflower contains surprising amounts of antioxidants and polyphenols. It has been proven to fight cancer and lower cholesterol. They are also tasteless but taste extremely wholesome with butter. 92.1 % water content. Can be added to salads or steamed to perfection.
8 – Watermelon
As the name suggests, watermelons are full of…water. But watermelons are also an awesome source of the hard to find lycopene, an antioxidant renowned for its cancer-fighting properties. Watermelons are very refreshing and easy to digest, the perfect quick snack for hydration in the summertime. While they are lower in water content than other entries, it is much easier to eat a few slices of watermelon than a tomato or a green pepper, which are heavier and harder on the stomach.
9 – Spinach
Spinach is 91.4% water. But on top of this spinach is probably one of the best foods to eat in the world, losing out slightly to kale and other specific superfoods such as blue green algae. Not only does it have extremely high water content but it also contains huge amounts of iron, K, folate, potassium, A and E.
10 – Star Fruit
A relatively unknown fruit, this tropical delight contains 91.4% content, the same as spinach. It contains epicatechin, a compound which is good for those with heart problems. It does contain a high amount of oxalic acid (bad for those with weak livers) which is why it is featured below spinach.
11 – Strawberry
A somewhat surprising entry. Not only do strawberries taste delicious, they are also high in nutrients and taste (and look) delicious. They are ahead of blackberries, blueberries and raspberries in terms of water content, at 91%.
12 – Broccoli
One of the few vegetables that contain the hard to find sulforaphane, broccoli contains 90.7 % water content. It also packs decent amounts of potassium, vitamin A, potassium, fiber and vitamin C.
13 – Grapefruit
Grapefruit has been proven to help lower LDL (bad) cholesterol as well as Triglyceride levels. It has also been proven that eating grapefruit before meals helps to decrease weight. Grapefruit weighs in at around 90.5% water content.
14 – Baby Carrots
The water content of carrots is not the same as the water content of baby carrots. Baby carrots have 90.4% water content, more than their adult counterparts. They are also easier to eat and cook, or could even be eaten raw for hardcore health enthusiasts.
15 – Cantaloupe
This fruit contains massive amounts of vitamin C and A, as well as 90.2% water content. Like watermelon it is a refreshing and easy to digest food for sunny days.
Keep these foods in mind and eat them regularly for adequate hydration. Your body will thank you for it and hydration is the key element to health and vitality.
Olivia writes on health and food at Every Nutrient! She’s written a whole other bunch of articles that deals with health and fitness foods for people from all walks of life. Every Nutrient focuses on effective changes that you can make to live a healthy and fulfilled life!