by Danae Matthews
A year ago The Water Secret was making headway as revolutionary in the anti-aging and health communities. Dermatologist, Dr. Murad sent celebs and stay at home moms reeling with the news that they could be young forever with a simple secret: water. We now know of course that although there may not be anything revolutionary about Dr. Murad’s findings, he was right. What’s more is that Dr. Murad encourages his readers not to simply drink themselves back into their twenties, but to eat themselves there.
The “how” of it all is easy enough to understand: It’s absorbing versus dissipation. The molecules surrounding fruits and veggies help them absorb into your cells faster and longer than regular water. This helps promote retention of water in your cells, which helps them stay younger and healthier.
The great thing about the idea of eating your water is that it’s a no-brainer. Of course we should be eating more fruits and veggies, and of course that will influence multiple parts of our health and functioning.
More vibrant skin isn’t the only side effect. The foods that provide the most hydration are the same ones with highest nutrition and the lowest calories. Imagine that! So next time you go to the grocery store remember this secret and look around for these key hydration players.
Cucumbers + Lettuce
Cucumbers are 96% water and contain Vitamin C which helps to rid irritation and swelling. Lettuce, which is also 96% water, is a low-energy density food that will fill you up without packing on the calories, a win-win. Combine the two, and you have a delicious salad that will fill you up, hydrate you and give you a daily dose of vitamins.
Peaches + Strawberries + Bananas
Peaches are a great source for Vitamin A which is a vitamin off the radar for a lot of people, but it can boost visual and hormone function. They’re also 88% water. Try pairing them with strawberries. Strawberries are 92% water, low in calories, and fat free. They outweigh competing fruits in the amount of vitamins and nutrients that they pack per tiny piece. Bananas are 74% water and a great source of potassium. They help maintain the body’s water balance and help your body excrete sodium. Without potassium you could be at risk for hypertension.
Blend together with your favorite binder (yogurt, almond milk, or even juice) and you’ve got a great healthy smoothie for the morning or a mid-day meal before a work-out.
The important thing to remember is to keep your veggies raw when possible and to pay attention to what is going to give you the most hydration. If you’re the kind of person that finds it impossible to guzzle eight glasses of water every day, this is a great way to get the proper amount of H20. Also remember this isn’t a veggie/fruit only diet, just a great way to get the hydration and vitamins you could be lacking from other foods!
Danae Matthews writes for the on-line women’s health resource Women’s Health Base.
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