What ever season of the year it is, water is very essential to the body and it is very important to stay hydrated! Water remains the best fluid or drink that can keep you hydrated. I have noticed that no fluid quenches thirst like water. I have taken fluids from juice to cold beverages in hot or warm days but I still wasn’t satisfied until I drank water. Water is crucial to the functioning of the entire body. This is the reason why dehydration can easily lead to exhaustion or even death if the body is not quickly hydrated.
It is also important to note that there are certain foods that hydrate the body because they contain a good amount of water. The great news for weight watchers on those dieting is that many of these foods are also low in carbs and calories.
At the very top of this list is cucumber! This is a very nutritious low carb vegetable that has a whooping 96% of water. It is also rich in fiber, phytonutrients like lignans and cucurbitacins that may help prevent cancer according to research. Cucumber is great snack option for weight watchers and healthy eaters. This vegetable helps to keep you hydrated.
Lettuce is a nutritious leafy green vegetable that has a very high water content at 96% just like cucumber. It is a very common leaf that is consumed in salads or slightly cooked in many other recipes. It is also very rich in vitamin A. Eating this vegetable in salads will give you a more balanced nutrition and hydrate your body.
Tomatoes are very popular vegetables that are available in almost every part of the world. It is super nutritious and part of many diets. It also contains a very high amount of water at 95%. Some people squeeze out the water to take out the seeds for some foods which reduces its water content but consuming all of it raw, in salads or snacks delivers all the water content to the body and help to keep you hydrated.
Celery is a fat free vegetable that is rich in body nutrients like fiber, vitamins (A and C) and minerals like Iron. It is also low in carbs at just 1% per 100g and very high in water (about 95%). This vegetable can be snacked on with peanut butter or can part of a cooked meal.
Zucchini is a very nutritious vegetable that has become very popular in low carb diets. It provides great healthier alternative to pasta when spiralized (zoodle) and also used for low carb snacks like zucchini fries. This vegetable is not just low in carb (just 3g of carbs per cooked cup of 223g) and rich in vitamins and minerals, it also has high water content at 94%. Zucchini is a great meal option anytime that can help the body stay hydrated.
Just as the name implies, this fruit contains 92% of water. It is low in carbs despite its sweet taste and very refreshing! Whatever smoothie you are making with watermelon does not even require any liquid because the water from the watermelon is more than enough! Try blending watermelon and strawberries for a delicious and refreshing drink.
This vegetable is one of the most popular vegetables in the world. Eaten raw in salads or cole slaw, cabbage contains a high amount of water (about 92%) and a great source of vitamins and minerals. You can’t go wrong with this nutritious low carb vegetable.
This is a fruit that is low in carbs and incredibly rich in vitamin C. It also contains fiber and antioxidants and a very good fruit for weight watchers and low carb eaters. Strawberry is made up of 92% of water, making it a very good fruit or food that helps to hydrate the body. Strawberries can be snacked on or used in making delicious healthy smoothies. It can be eaten in yogurts, oatmeal and alongside pancakes.
This is another fruit that is loaded with water and can help you stay hydrated. Grapefruit has about 91% water content which is also significant. It is also low in carb and rich in vitamin C and fiber. You can snack on grapefruits or simply juice with a manual juicer. Remember to include the pulp in your juice so you do not throw away the fiber content.
Cantaloupe is a super nutritious fruit that has high water content (90%), low in carbs and rich in vitamins (A and C) as well as minerals. It also contains powerful antoxidants like zeaxanthin that fight harmful rays and promote healthy sight and beta-carotene that helps to protect the body against prostate and colon cancer according to research. Cantaloupe can be snacked on, a dessert or part of fruit salad.
Peach is a low carb fruit that has great nutritional benefits and high water content at about 90%. It contains vitamins A and C, as well as minerals. This fruit can be snacked on to enjoy its goodness.
Soups are nourishing foods that are basically liquid or semi liquid based. It is a part of a meal or can be eaten as a meal. There are different kinds of soups. Soup helps to hydrate the body because it contains significant amount of water. What your soup is made up of is up to you. Healthy soups can be made with meat, chicken, fish and vegetables. Most soups are usually consumed hot or warm so they are very good for cold weather or someone suffering from cold because they can warm the body up.
An orange is a citrus fruit popularly known for its high content in vitamin C. Though orange contains a reasonable amount of carbohydrates and sugar, it contains high amount of water at about 87%. Orange can be easily juiced manually and enjoyed without any liquid or added sweetener. Be sure to consume with the pulp as it contains fiber. Though oranges are not suitable for a low carb diet, it is rich in nutrients that are beneficial to the body.
This post is based on research and not an evidence based study.