Top 5 Veggies & Fruits for Hydration

Top 5 Veggies & Fruits for Hydration

Drinking adequate water can be a challenge, especially for those that don’t necessarily enjoy the taste (or lack thereof) of water. So how can you stay on top of your water consumption without toting around a water bottle? It simple: Eat your water.  Here are the top fruits with high water content, and vegetables with high water content so you can make your food intake work harder for you.

Vegetables

Ok, so I am going to skip the obvious celery and lettuce and get to some more interesting veggies to keep you craving these beneficial phytonutrients.

Bok Choy 95% water

Radishes 95%

Cucumber 95%

Zucchini 95%

Watercress 95%

Fruits

Watermelon 92% 

Strawberry 92% 

Grapefruit 91%

Cantaloupe 90% (Use link to cantaloupe smoothie video)

Peaches 88% 

3 Reasons to Hydrate

Mind: Your brain is made up of 80% water. A hydrated brain is able to conduct the electrical impulses required for optimal memory capacity, quick thinking, and focus.

Body: A healthy body, and gut, needs adequate hydration to repair the stomach lining and keep food moving smoothly through the digestive tract. Hydrated muscle can contract appropriately, making for stronger workouts and faster recovery.

Related: Raw Diet for Athletes

Soul: The same hydration that helps the brain maintain memory and thought, also helps amino acids cross the blood brain barrier. One of these amino acids, tryptophan, converts to serotonin within the brain. Dehydration can limit the amount of tryptophan that can cross the blood brain barrier, resulting in less serotonin. Since serotonin is linked to a positive mood, inadequate hydration can result in feelings often associated with depression.