Fruits and Vegetables That Can Help Fight Dehydration
A number of fruits and vegetables contain a high percentage of water, and eating them can help the body to remain hydrated. Some are known to cool the body from the inside out as well, and incorporating them into our diet can play an important role in reducing the impact of heat-related stress. Below is a brief excerpt from a long list of fruits and veggies that can be excellent sources of nourishment during the hot summer months.
Natural Air Conditioners
There are compounds in cucumber and celery that actually help the body to stay cool in addition to providing it with fluids. All it takes is a few bites in order to start feeling the effects, even if the celery or cucumber is warm when you eat them. While celery tends to thrive in more-temperate climates, cucumber can be grown almost anywhere. In fact, it is a staple item in many hot, tropical regions as well as cooler areas around the world. Try munching on a celery stalk or few pieces of cucumber the next time you’re feeling the heat, and chances are that you will experience noticeable relief.
Watermelon, cantaloupe and honeydew are all excellent sources of water, and they also contain compounds that help to regulate fluids in the body. Watermelon in particular is cheap, abundant, and considered to be a super-food whereas cantaloupe and honeydew are loaded with vitamin C and other nutrients that can boost our immune systems. Try a slice or two on a hot day and see how refreshed and energized you can feel.
Berries and Grapes
A lot of people don’t realize how much water they get from eating berries or grapes. In fact, a handful of grapes or berries can provide us with the equivalent of a small glass of water. We also know that grapes, and blueberries in particular, are considered to be super-foods due to their high antioxidant content.
While tomatoes are not usually the first choice of foods to eat whole and raw, some varieties contain up to 95% water. Tomatoes are also known to help regulate blood pressure, boost the immune system and even inhibit the growth of certain types of cancer cells. Consequently, eating a couple of tomatoes a day can help you to ingest powerful medicine along with a considerable amount of fluid at the same time.
Orange juice is one of the healthiest drinks that we can enjoy, as long as it is squeezed fresh and not pasteurized. While grapefruit and lemon also contain a high amount of water, they are also bitter and can leave us with a dry mouth. However, you will still be more hydrated after eating one of these fruits even if you feel thirsty afterward.
Apples, Pears and Mangoes
We don’t usually associate fibrous fruits with water, but these three can contain up to 90% water despite their dense structure. They also contain nutrients that can replenish minerals that we lose from sweating as well. Think of them as natural energy drinks, because eating one or two a day can help the body to resist some of the side-effects of dehydration.
This is by no means an exhaustive list, but it illustrates how common fruits and vegetables can be an excellent source of water now as well as during a survival situation. They also produce a double-benefit by giving us important nutrients as well as fluids. Eating fruits and vegetables can also reduce our overall demand for water, and this is important to remember in a situation where supplies are limited.
Take some fruits or vegetables with you the next time you plan on spending time outdoors, and consider ways that you can incorporate them into your preparedness efforts as well. While they shouldn’t be viewed as a replacement for water, these foods can go a long way to help stretch resources and promote overall hydration.