This is a late post!! I wrote it August 15th and did not publish it! Oops!
Okay here goes:
Is it HOT enough out there for you???!! 🔥
Although not my image, when I came across the below post on Instagram, the clear way it educated about the immense and significant water content of some very popular plant foods really jumped out at me.
So I wanted to share it.
[I also, obviously, doubled checked the facts on it. I was a Manager of Information Services in my former life after all.]
Water is an essential component of our health and vitality. It is a nutrient found in foods, liquids and in its own form (pure water). Examples of water sources include pure, filtered or spring water; coconut water; herbal teas like chamomile, peppermint, rosehip, hibiscus, apple, licorice, ginger tea, etc; fruits like watermelon, oranges, lemons, pineapples, apples and grapes; vegetables like lettuce, broccoli, carrots and beets; green juices, smoothies, fruit juices and, of course, ice.
Water is a major component of all living matter and the human body is composed of about 70% water. We lose water continuously throughout the day through breathing, sweating, urinating, digesting food, etc., and that water loss also varies based on environment (hot, humid or dry, cold climates or higher/lower altitudes) and on our personal activity level.
What’s absolutely certain is that our water loss needs to be replenished or we become dehydrated. Symptoms of dehydration range from dry mouth and headaches to stress, allergies, weight gain, and other more serious states of dis-ease. Next time you have a headache, try fully hydrating yourself before you do anything else.
Did you know: “The body doesn’t send the message that you are thirsty until you are on the verge of dehydration. Dehydration presents itself to us as a mild hunger, so the first thing to do when you get a strange craving is to drink a full glass of water. Excess water can also cause cravings, so make sure you find balance with your water intake.” – Joshua Rosenthal, MScEd, in “Integrative Nutrition: A Whole-Life Approach to Health and Happiness” (©2018), p. 131.
Note: The easiest way to tell if you are hydrated at any point in the day is to note your urine colour – if yellow at all you need more water. If clear, you are properly hydrated. 👍 (this is not relevant if you’re taking certain B vitamins however, which stain urine yellow/orange).
The benefits of consuming plenty of water every single day are far reaching and cannot be underestimated.
• Increases energy and relieves fatigue
• Promotes weight loss and helps us feel satiated
• Maintains our balance of body fluids
• Flushes out toxins, cleansing and detoxifying our system
• Combats muscle fatigue and cramping
• Improves the look, feel and health of our skin
• Maintains regular bowel function
• Boosts our immune system
• Is a natural headache remedy
• And much more…
One thing is for sure: Do not miss out on one of the easiest ways to FUEL your body!
EAT YOUR WATER! 💧
Here are some fun facts about how much water is found in some of your favourite summer foods….
Watermelon is 92% water by weight
Grapefruit is 91% water by weight
Tomatoes are 94% water by weight
Celery is 95% water by weight
Broccoli is 91% water by weight
Bell pepper is 92% water by weight
Bon Appétit! xo
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