• Christine Mayr

Stay hydrated - eat your water


Good hydration is extremely important for your body, especially in summer

In fact, not drinking enough water can lead to dehydration, which can cause fatigue, headaches, skin problems, muscle cramps, low blood pressure and a rapid heart rate.

Its generally recommend drinking several glasses of water per day to meet your hydration needs, best 30 ml / kilo bodyweight.

Drinking water is great, but you can get your body hydrated simply by eating some special summer foods, too. There are many healthy fruits and vegetables that can contribute a large amount of water to your body. Snack them raw and stay hydrated.

No. 1: Strawberry

90 % of strawberries’ weight comes from water, eating them will contribute a great water intake. Furthermore, strawberries provide lots of radical fithgitn antioxidants, vitamins, fibres and minerals. Enjoying flavorful ripe strawberries on a regular basis has been shown to reduce inflammation, which can help protect against heart disease, diabetes, Alzheimer’s and various types of cancer. Enjoy them pure or blend them in a lovely smoothie bowl. They match perfectly with green leafes in a salad or with slow-cooked asparagus.

No 2: Watermelon

Watermelon is one of the most hydrating foods you can find. Watermelon contain more of 80% water, its rich in fiber and Vitamins and magnesium. Watermelons are true powerhouses, they are rich in antioxidants, incl. lycopene. They reduce oxidative damage to cells, which has bin linked to heart disease and diabetes. Snack them, use them in a salad or blend them up with some fresh mint leaves. For an extra hydrating benefit blend them up with some coconut water.

No 3: Cantaloupe

This melon fruit provides a significant amount of water and many health-promoting vitamins and minerals. This melon is extremely nutritious and may boost your health in several ways. It contains mostly water, is rich in vitamin A and is a true immune booster und natural infection protector. Enjoy it best plain or in some green salads.

No 4: Peach & Nectarines

Peaches & nectarines are superrich in water, fiber and antioxidants, in addition to several vitamins and minerals that may promote hydration. They provide Vitamin A, C and quite a lot B Vitamins. 90% of their weight is water. Combine this delicious fruit in your smoothies and salads.

No 5: Cucumber

Cucumber is the queen of water. This non-sweet fruit is made almost entirely of water. Its content is about 95 %. It also provide our body with a small amount of nutrients, such as vitamin K, potassium and magnesium. I love to eat them pure, right out of the fridge with some salt on top. They make wonderful gazpachos.

No 6: Green Lettuce

Lettuce is another great food to hydrate your body on hot summer days. Lettuce provides a important nutrients and fiber, folate, vitamin K and A and improves immune system and bone health.

No. 7: Zucchini

Consuming this absolute summer vegetable will contribute a significant amount of water and nutrients to your body. It will help keep you hydrated, and it’s beneficial for your overall health.

To include zucchini in your diet, eat it on its own as a side dish or use it as a creamy base in your soups and salads. I love to eat them simply as zucchini pasta with a raw marinara sauce in summer.

8. Celery

Celery is low in calories and an excellent source of water and nutrients. These properties can promote several aspects of your health, including proper hydration.

Like other water-rich vegetables, celery may be a beneficial weight loss food due to its high water content and low number of calories.

It’s particularly high in vitamin K and potassium, which may protect against heart disease, certain types of cancer and bone-related diseases like osteoporosis.

9. Red Currants

They may be small, but they are actually tiny powerhouses of essential vitamins, minerals and antioxidants that are key to looking youthful, feeling great and keeping healthy and nourished.Red currants are sweet yet immensily tart berries, with similar flavour to blackberries. Compared to other berries, red currants are not that popular as they are too tart to eat by themselves. However, they are not to be tossed aside, the do contain several health benefits and are rich in antioxidants, as most berries are. Their beautiful appearance and striking colour make them popular decorative pieces and garnishing items in different cuisines.

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