What a lovely surprise! I bit into a cold slice of cucumber that was so refreshing and tasty! I like cucumbers, but didn’t expect to have such a delightful experience. It’s unbearably hot outside and that cucumber cooled my throat as I munched away. I’ve been craving all sorts of fruits and vegetables lately.
Melons and other fruits that are in season right now are particularly sweet and juicy. Tomatoes are ripe all the way through and the flavor is amazing. Even my kale from the garden is tender and delicious. So, yes, I love all these fresh fruits and veggies normally, but I feel like my body is craving them all the more due to the heat.
There’s good reason that my body and brain are saying more, more! Certain foods are particularly high in water and quench our thirst in a very natural way.
Every system in the body relies on water to regulate body temperature, carry nutrients and oxygen to cells, eliminate toxins and more. The needs for each individual person vary by activity levels and environmental temperature.
To be clear, we will always need water, about 9 glasses of fluid per day for women and 12 or more for men.
Fun fact: babies are born with about 70 percent of their bodies made up of water, but by the time they are elderly, they are down to 55%. (ugh, the wrinkles!) The average person is made up of about 60% water, with men having a higher percentage than women, and leaner bodies more than those that have greater fatty tissue. According to The Journal of Biological Chemistry , the brain and heart are composed of 73% water, and the lungs are about 83% water. The skin contains 64% water, muscles and kidneys are 79%, and even the bones are a watery 31%.
Make sure you add to your daily allowance if you have been exercising or find yourself in situations where you are sweating such as suntanning at the beach, gardening etc. Replenish your body before, during and after these activities. Up your intake of fluids if you are in a higher altitude, breastfeeding or have a fever. Your body will need more water to function optimally.
Here’s the good news! We can get about 20% of our fluid from food. I wish I could eat all my fluid in watermelon! The added benefits of hydrating with food are the additional nutrients that these foods provide. The vitamins, minerals and fiber found in foods with high water content are all vital to good health.
Bonus: water-rich foods are more filling and can aid in weight control. So, it’s important to be conscious of adding in water-rich foods to support your body.
Check out this listing for more favorite foods high in water content such as radishes (95%), eggplants (92%) peaches (88%) and so many more!