The majority of the trips made to the hospital yearly for dehydration, is due to a lack of consuming the proper amount of water. You may have heard that 8 glasses of water is the amount needed to stay hydrated, however, this is false! Each individual has a different body weight, therefore making the amount of water needed different for each person. The proper amount of water needed is half of your body weight in ounces (example: a person that weighs 160 pounds should be drinking 80 ounces which is half of their body weight in ounces). For many, consuming close to half of their body weight can be difficult for various reasons, but it is important to know that in the heat, it is easier to become dehydrated so the proper amount of water daily is necessary in order to maintain proper hydration.
So, today we will discuss a list of fruits and veggies high in water content that can help balance the water you may be missing. But do not forget the importance of consuming simple water daily! Cucumber, has the highest water content of any food! It contains 96.7% water and can be enjoyed alone, sliced on a sandwich, dipped in hummus, or even in a salad! Iceberg lettuce normally isn’t recommended nutrition-wise, due to its lack of nutrients. However, it gets all of the attention when it comes to water content. Iceberg lettuce contains 95.6% water and when mixed with romaine lettuce, you can enjoy the benefits of getting your nutrients and staying hydrated at the same time! Watermelon is one of the most favorable summertime fruits but many have no clue that this sweet fruit has a water content of 92%, the perfect fruit for staying hydrated in the summer. Pineapples, oranges, and raspberries all have a water content of 87% with apples right behind them at 84%! During the summer heat, these fruits combined make perfect for a fruit salad and allows you to stay properly hydrated at the same time. There are many more fruits and veggies topping in at more than 90% of water content. Such as celery, tomatoes, broccoli, radish, cauliflower, zucchini, spinach, and even cabbage!
While a diet rich in fruits and veggies can help to remain properly hydrated, please remember that there is nothing better than pure fresh water!
“In health and in sickness, pure water is one of Heaven’s choicest blessings. Its proper use promotes health. It is the beverage which God provided to quench the thirst of animals and man. Drunk freely, it helps to supply the necessities of the system, and assists nature to resist disease.” —The Ministry of Healing, 237, 1905