Staying hydrated can be a challenge — you know you need to sip, sip, sip all day, but what if you leave your reusable bottle at home, or in all the craziness of the day, you simply forget to drink?
It happens to the best of us (research shows up to 75% of Americans don’t drink enough water, yikes). But dehydration is no joke — our bodies are two-thirds water, and even a loss as small as 1.5% can leave you feeling brain foggy. Dehydration also can leave you with fatigue, food cravings, irritability, muscle cramps and more (yikes again). We’re supposed to take in about half our body weight in water each day, and most of us just… aren’t.
Now for the good news. There’s a super-easy, convenient way to upgrade your hydration: Eat. Yes, that’s right — you can get up to 4 cups of water a day by eating plenty of vegetables and fruit. And that’s in addition to drinking water. With the right fruits and vegetables, you can get all the benefits of hydration (increased energy, better digestion, more nutrient absorption, less creaky joints, glowier skin, healthier blood pressure and more) by doing something you want to do anyway: Eat lots of nourishing, delicious food. Win win.
5 Vegetables That Support Hydration
Even better news: There’s a super-simple, delicious way to get all that produce. Daily Harvest offers chef-crafted ready-to-blend smoothies, heat-and-eat harvest bowls, chilled soups and more, all loaded with plenty of nutrient-rich, hydrating produce. A few examples:
Cucumber: 95% water
Strawberry: 91% water
Find it: Strawberry + Vanilla Bean Smoothie
Zucchini: 94% water
Find it: Asparagus + Zucchini Chilled Soup
Cauliflower: 92% water
Tomato: 94% water
Find it: Tomato + Bell Pepper Gazpacho
Electrolytes and Hydration
Another part of hydration is getting electrolytes, which are water-soluble molecules that help your body function. Calcium, sodium, magnesium and potassium — a who’s who of minerals —are all electrolytes. Guess what? Eat and drink more produce, and you get more of them, too. So all you have to do is eat some awesome food, and sip some tasty, refreshing smoothies and chilled soups, and not only are you nourished and satisfied, you’re hydrated, too. Go, you!
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