Are You Dehydrated? Hydrate While You Eat!

How important is water to our bodies? Well let’s think about this. The Earth itself is composed of 70% water. Can you imagine how tragic it would be if that amount decreased to 50% water? Similarly, our bodies are also composed of 70% water, and therefore a decrease in our water makeup could be devastating to our immune system.

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According to cleanandnourish.com, water is quite possibly the single MOST IMPORTANT factor in losing fat and keeping it off. Our bodies are made up of 60% water and every physiological process, including burning fat and gaining lean muscle, depends on water.

For example, your liver needs water to convert stored fat to energy. In addition, if your kidneys are water-deprived, the liver has to do the kidneys’ work all on its own, lowering its ability to help you burn fat. So, if you’re not drinking enough water, you’re setting yourself up to store fat.  BUT… your water intake doesn’t have to be limited to just drinking.  You can actually EAT more water too by consuming “water-dense” foods!  Natural, whole foods have the highest water content. In fact, many fruits and vegetables contain 90 – 98 percent water!  The following are some of the most hydrating foods. Notice that they’re also low in calories and rich in many other beneficial nutrients.

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Watermelon contains 92% water and essential electrolytes such as,  calcium, magnesium, potassium, and sodium – all of which influence your metabolism.

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Grapefruit contains only 30 calories and is comprised of 90% water.  Phytonutrients called limonoids, found in grapefruit, are detoxifying and may inhibit tumor formation of cancers.
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Coconut water is comprised of 95% water. It differs from coconut milk because it is found in young coconuts only. Coconut water is low in calories and fat-free. It has the same amount of potassium as a banana and It’s low in sodium, so great for lowering high blood pressure.

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Avocados are 81% water and rich in healthy monounsaturated fats, which reduces cholesterol levels, decreases the risk of cancer and heart disease, and helps lower body fat.

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Cucumbers are 96% water and are a good balance of electrolytes, such as, calcium, magnesium, potassium and sodium! Plus, they contain just 14 calories for an entire cup!

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Cantaloupe is 89% water and contains only 27 calories per 1/2 cup!  This delicious fruit is also excellent for supporting energy production through carbohydrate metabolism, which helps keep blood sugar stable.

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Strawberries contain just 23 calories per 1/2 cup and are made up of approximately 92% water! Plus, strawberries rank as the 4th strongest antioxidant-rich fruit!

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Broccoli contains 90% water and anti-cancer nutrients that help to detoxify the vast number of potential toxins that we encounter each day. Plus, they’re a good source of fiber!

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Next time you feel the urge to eat, it may be your body’s way of saying, “I AM THIRSTY!”  🙂

 

Information obtained from cleanandnourish.com


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