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Our bodies are made up of 70% water. Our brains are 90% water. So it’s only natural that our bodies should need water to function correctly. Without it, we are prone to dehydration which can cause fatigue, cravings, headaches, dry skin, hunger and tonnes of other less than comfortable conditions, such as constipation or muscle cramps.
There are so many benefits to drinking water. It increases energy by hydrating your brain. It promotes weight loss by keeping cravings and hunger pangs at bay. It removes harmful toxins from the body via sweat and urination.
Water naturally moisturises your skin, keeping it looking fresh, young and healthy. It aids digestion, preventing constipation and other digestive problems. It boosts your immune system and fights sicknesses like the flu or even cancer.
It prevents muscle pain by keeping the muscles more elastic and lubricating the joints. Furthermore, it relieves headaches, migraines and even back pains, which are often caused by dehydration.
Most importantly, it puts you in a good mood. When your body feels at its best and your brain feels hydrated, it’s only natural that your mood will get a little lift too.
Yes, our bodies need water, probably more than anything else. But sometimes it can be difficult to drink glass after glass of a tasteless drink. If only there was a way to take in water without having to sip it all day long… Well there is.
There are many delicious foods that are literally bursting with H2O. Fruit and vegetables are an excellent way to get your recommended daily water intake.
It all seems so much easier when you know you can eat a slice of your favourite melon instead of gulping down that glass of liquid. A tasty salad will keep you more hydrated than that boring glass of H2O you’ll never drink.
So without further ado, here is a list of foods that have wonderfully high water content.
Watermelon: This is one of my favourite fruits to drink. Watermelon is deliciously sweet and refreshing, and best of all; it’s made up of 96% water!
Cucumber: Delicious in a summer salad, cucumbers contain 96% water and also provide a crunchy, tasty, delicious bite to any sandwich.
Celery: Those celery sticks dipped in hummus are a better snack than you thought. With 95% water, this vegetable is sure to keep you hydrated while also satisfying a little hunger pang.
Pineapple: One of my favourite fruits, pineapple is made up of 95% water and is the perfect snack and a refreshing pick-me-up.
Blueberries: Great for eye health, and delicious when mixed with low fat, natural yogurt and a handful of other berries, blueberries contain 95% water and tonnes of vitamins.
Lettuce: Salad is a delicious way to up your water intake, and with crisp, refreshing lettuce that contains 95% water, it’s an excellent substitute to a glass of water – especially when mixed with cucumber and celery!
Tomato: Knowledge is knowing that a tomato is a fruit. Wisdom is knowing not to put it in a fruit salad. A little extra wisdom is knowing that it is made up of 94% water. Put it in your salad.
Pears: A delicious addition to any lunch box, pears are bursting with 92% water, making them a juicy snack for the office.
Grapefruit: Many people eat this watery fruit for breakfast, most commonly when trying to lose weight. There’s some method to the madness though, as it contains 90% water and is an excellent start to a healthy day.
Melon: I’ve already mentioned watermelon has 96% water. It is therefore in a league of its own, way above all other melons. But if watermelon isn’t your cup of tea (or indeed water), you’re in luck. Other melons contain 89% water and are still more than excellent when it comes to taking in your recommended H2O.
There’s bound to be at least one of the above fruits or vegetables that is to your taste, and if there is, pounce on it and eat (and drink) it to your heart’s content. I’m off to eat some salad.