Last month, we explained the benefits of hydration, and the harmful effects of dehydration. Briefly: Hydration helps you feel refreshed and energized, and helps flush your system of toxin buildup. Dehydration causes problems like thickened blood leading to poor circulation, joint stiffness, poor skin, and premature aging, to name a few. But trying just to drink water according to an arbitrary schedule can be so inconvenient and tedious it may be hard to keep it up. You can also schedule with a Plano massage therapist to help with detoxing.
Fortunately, there are more interesting and enjoyable ways to get your water. One of the best is to choose foods that do double duty, giving you not just the water you need but also the energy and nutrition. Even better, these food choices are healthy and low calorie, with plenty of fiber, vitamins, and minerals. All of these advantages make eating these foods better than drinking water for hydration and without the added sugar of sports drinks which attempt to provide minerals, salts, and electrolytes.
Here are seven of these hydration-enhancing power foods. Although estimates of their water content vary among experts, all combine plenty of water with a range of valuable vitamins and minerals.
- Strawberries are made up of 91-92% water. They're also rich in potassium and provide abundant energy and nutrition. On top of that, they're one of the most delicious hydration foods around.
- Watermelons, despite their name, don't necessarily have the highest water content of hydrating foods and vegetables. But they have a lot: 92% or more. They are also among the most flavorful – and not to mention lovable – of the fruits and vegetables you can eat to keep up your hydration.
- Cantaloupes, another favorite melon, are made up of 90% water and are rich in potassium.
- Celery isn't a fruit, of course. But it's one of the best hydrating foods of all. It contains 95-96% water, has lots of fiber and delivers vitamin K, as well as potassium and other minerals.
- Iceberg lettuce, that famous staple ingredient of low-cal lunches, also isn't a tasty fruit. But like celery, it is another superb source of hydration at about 96% water.
- Pineapple, another favorite snack, brings 87% water content along with vitamin C and manganese.
- Cucumber reveals its 95+% water content as soon as you cut it open. Along with hydration, it delivers calcium, magnesium, potassium, and sodium.
Staying hydrated is especially important when you do physical activity. Keeping muscles hydrated allows your body to maintain flexibility which ultimately reduces the likelihood of injury. In addition to properly staying hydrated, scheduling routine massages will aid in relieving any aches and pains that you feel after the exercise is done. Schedule your first massage now.