According to the old rule of thumb, you're supposed to drink eight glasses of water per day (and some experts recommend even more). That can seem like a daunting task on some days but here's the catch: You don't have to drink all that water. Roughly 20% of our daily H2O intake comes from solid foods, especially fruits and vegetables.
It's still important to drink plenty of water — especially in the summertime — but you can also quench your thirst with these top-hydrating foods, all of which are at least 90% water by weight. Staying hydrated is also a very important part of our the Perfect Body Teatox program, which can be found here. It is a crucial aspect to detoxifying and cleansing your inner health!
Water content: 96.7%
This summer veggie—which has the highest water content of any solid food—is perfect in salads, or sliced up and served with some hummus, says Keri Gans, RD, author of The Small Change Diet.
Water content: 95.6%
Iceberg lettuce tends to get a bad rap, nutrition-wise. Crispy iceberg has the highest water of any lettuce, followed by butter head, green leaf, and romaine varieties.
Iceberg is normally one of the cheaper lettuces so take advantage and pile it into a sandwich or make a crunchy salad. You could even use it as the shell of a wrap or burger to cut down on carbohydrates.
Water content: 95.4%
Lets just clear something up first; celery having negative calories is a myth, but it's pretty close. Celery has very few calories—just 6 calories per stalk. Its full of fiber and water that will help fill you up and curb that appetite.
Celery contains folate and vitamins A, C, and K. Celery also contains the power to neutralizes stomach acid and is often recommended as a natural remedy for heartburn and acid reflux.
Water content: 94.5%
Sliced and diced tomatoes will always be a mainstay of salads, sauces, and sandwiches, but don't forget about sweet cherry and grape varieties, which make an excellent hydrating snack,
Water content: 91.5% water
This juicy melon is also among the richest sources of lycopene, a cancer-fighting antioxidant found in red fruits and vegetables. You could add a few chunks of watermelon to a water jug to add a little lift to the taste J
Water content: 91.4% water
Iceberg lettuce may have a higher water content, but spinach is usually a better bet overall. You can add spinach to your daily salads and omelettes to provide as much built-in hydration, with an added nutritional punch.
Spinach is rich in lutein, potassium, fiber, and brain-boosting folate, one cup of raw leaves contains 15% of your daily intake of vitamin E—an important antioxidant for fighting off the damaging molecules known as free radicals.
Water content: 91.4% water
This tropical fruit, also known as carambola, comes in sweet and tart varieties and has a juicy texture similar to pineapple. It can be great eaten on its own or even to decorate the rim of a cocktail glass and as an added bonus it's rich in antioxidants, especially epicatechin—a heart-healthy compound also found in red wine, dark chocolate, and green tea.
Water content: 91.0%
All berries are good foods for hydration, but juicy red strawberries are easily the best of the bunch. Raspberries and blueberries both hover around 85% water, while blackberries are only slightly better at 88.2%.
Strawberries can add natural sweetness to yogurt, and the combo of carbohydrates, fiber, and protein make a great post-workout recovery snack.
Water content: 90.7%
Raw broccoli adds a satisfying crunch to a salad. But its nutritional profile—lots of fiber, potassium, vitamin A, and vitamin C—is slightly more impressive. What's more, broccoli is the only cruciferous vegetable with a significant amount of sulforaphane, a potent compound that boosts the body's protective enzymes and flushes out cancer-causing chemicals.
Water content: 90.5%
This juicy, tangy citrus fruit can help lower cholesterol and shrink your waistline, research suggests.
In one study, people who ate one grapefruit a day lowered their bad (LDL) cholesterol by 15.5% and their triglycerides by 27%. In another, eating half a grapefruit—roughly 40 calories—before each meal helped dieters lose about three and a half pounds over 12 weeks. Researchers say that compounds in the fruit help fuel fat burn and stabilize blood sugar, therefore helping to reduce cravings.
Facts taken from website http://www.health.com/health/gallery/0,,20709014,00.html
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