We all know how important it is to stay hydrated: over half of the human body is composed of water, and mental clarity, healthy skin and mobile joints are all benefits of good hydration.
It is always important to keep track of your water intake but even more so during the summer months with the increase in temperatures and outdoor activities. While many find infused or sparkling varieties of water more palatable and appealing, it’s also possible to eat water. Fruits and vegetables have considerable water content - some more than others, of course.
Here are some of our favorites that you can add to your diet to help you stay hydrated:
Watermelon, honeydew and cantaloupe are just as hydrating as they are delicious: watermelon alone is over 90% water! Also high in vitamins A, C and even folate, these melons are enjoyable on their own as a fruit salad medley. Try whipping together a watermelon salad with feta, red onion and fresh mint leaves.
In addition to its high water content, celery has a considerable amount of electrolytes which also help balance hydration levels: great for kids enjoying their summer vacation soaking up some sunshine. They’ll love the classic “ants on a log” with nut butter and raisins. Celery is also great for cleansing either on its own, fresh-pressed or in a celery-cucumber-apple combination.
High in silica as well as water, cucumbers are in season during the summer. Silica is necessary for collagen production, which makes cucumbers extra good for skin and youthfulness. Great with hummus dip or made into a cool no-cook cucumber soup with lemon zest and dill.
A favorite, versatile summer fruit rich in heart-healthy lycopene that can be both savory and sweet. The best way to get their restorative properties is eaten raw, and a veggie pasta salad with tomatoes, chickpeas, onions, bell peppers and olives makes a tasty and colorful side dish to a summer picnic or family cookout.
There’s really nothing quite like biting into a juicy orange slice on a hot summer’s day, as all of that water and vitamin C can be quite refreshing. While the juice is a nice treat it’s best to eat the entire orange, as the fiber helps balance the high sugar content in the body.
These little pockets of tart and tasty are a great source of water and antioxidants. Anything from blueberries to raspberries and strawberries in between, try freezing them and then mixing them in some plant-based yogurt with granola, banana and cacao nibs for a healthy ice cream sundae alternative for a sweet treat.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Madison Eubanks is Holistic Wellness Practitioner and a graduate of Southwest Institute of Healing Arts. Nutrition and Urban Farming are not only her areas of expertise, but her passion; she loves educating people on the healing powers of food and how they can allow it to “be thy medicine”. Madison also has certifications as a health and life coach and is a 200-Hour Registered Yoga Teacher. She has been a dedicated vegan for over four years, believing it to be one of the best choices she has ever made: ‘there is no better diet that takes in consideration for human health, the environment and animal welfare’.
Sources: The Encyclopedia of Healing Foods