How To Hydrate By Eating Fruits And Vegetables

How To Hydrate By Eating Fruits And Vegetables

In our previous blog post what is hydration we discussed the optimal amount of water is needed to keep you hydrated throughout the day. As a basic guideline, the European Food Safety Authority suggest consuming 2 litres of water a day for women and 2.5 litres of water for men. This figure can vary depending on the activity level of the individual, for example if you were to exercise a lot, you would need to consume more water to keep you hydrated.

While this sounds like a lot of water, it is important to bear in mind that the recommended guidelines include a combination of plain water, other drinks (such as green tea) and the foods that you consume.

Dehydration

While anyone can become dehydrated, children and the elderly are more prone to it. Dehydration occurs when more fluids are used or lost than you consume on a daily basis. As your fluid levels decrease, your bodily functions can be affected. Not taking in enough fluids, illness and even a hot day can have an impact on your levels of hydration. While mild dehydration can easily be treated at home, severe dehydration may require a trip to the doctor. Here are some of the symptoms of dehydration:

  • Extreme Thirst
  • Dark coloured urine
  • Less frequent urination
  • Tiredness
  • Confusion
  • Dizziness

If you experience any of the above symptoms and you find that drinking water doesn’t help, seek a doctors help immediately.

Best Vegetables For Hydration

When selecting vegetables it’s always best to opt for fresh ones for water content as well as their nutritional value. If you have to choose between frozen and canned, go for frozen, as canned foods usually have some sort of preservatives as well as extra sodium. Here is a list of some of the best vegetables for hydrating.

 

  • Cucumbers
  • Celery
  • Lettuce
  • Radishes
  • Zucchini
  • Tomatoes
  • Mushrooms
  • Spinach
  • Broccoli

Best Fruits for Hydration

Fruits represent a fantastic method to consume more fluids on a daily basis. On top of this, they provide the body with carbohydrates, making them an ideal post workout snack. Here are some of the top fruits in terms of water content.

  • Watermelon
  • Grapefruit
  • Honeydew
  • Cantaloupe
  • Strawberries
  • Blackberries
  • Peaches
  • Oranges
  • Apples

That concludes this article on how to hydrate by eating fruits and vegetables! If you enjoyed reading it and found it useful please consider sharing it on social media. Thank you!