You’re technically supposed to drink eight glasses of water every day, but since it can be inconvenient you may not follow it all the time. If you’re going to be out the whole day for example, you would have to lug two bottles of water around with you, which is a pain because water isn’t exactly light. If you do happen to go through the trouble of carrying it around, you’ll find yourself squirming every hour because you need to pee
Instead, substitute some of your water with these fruits and vegetables that have a high water content. Easier to carry around and packing plenty of nutrients, they will quench your thirst effectively.
Cucumbers consist of more than 96 percent water, making them the food with the highest water content. They are the perfect way to remain hydrated throughout the day. You can have them plain, add them to a salad or eat them with yogurt.
Iceberg lettuce is not recommended for its nutritional benefits, but when it comes to water content, it’s hard to beat. Crispy iceberg lettuce has more than 95 percent water in it, followed by romaine lettuce, which has a lower water content but more nutrients and fibre.
In addition to having a high water content, celery also has plenty of fibre and nutrients. The water content in this vegetable makes it a natural remedy for heartburn and acidity while the fibre fills you up and curbs your appetite. The best part is that a single stick of celery has only six calories.
Right up there with celery and lettuce when it comes to water content, radishes have a spicy flavour that can perk up just about any salad. They also come packed with plenty of antioxidants, vitamins and potassium.
A single serving of zucchini can keep you hydrated and nourish you with plenty of potassium, folate and Vitamins A and C, while setting you back only 24 calories.
Consisting of more than 94 percent water, tomatoes are also very hydrating. You can add them to salads or sandwiches or just buy some cherry tomatoes and eat them plain as a snack.
While all bell peppers have plenty of water in them, green peppers especially have a high water content. While they can be difficult to eat plain, slice them up into a salad or eat them with a healthy yogurt dip.
Among the fruits, watermelon tends to have the highest water content, at 91 percent. Packed with more lycopene than even tomatoes, this juicy fruit will keep you hydrated and help you fight cancer as well.
Coming a close second behind watermelons are strawberries. While all berries have plenty of water content, strawberries have the most, followed by raspberries, blueberries and lastly blackberries.
While iceberg lettuce has more water content than spinach, spinach wins when it comes to nutrients. Packed with lutein, potassium, fiber, and folate, spinach hydrates you and stocks you up on your antioxidants.
Packed with fibre, potassium and Vitamins A and C, broccoli is a good addition to your salads and steamed veggies. It also contains sulforaphane, a compound that boosts your immunity and flushes out cancerous toxins.
Containing about 90 percent water, grapefruits can lower your cholesterol and help you lose weight. The compounds in this fruit help you burn fat and stabilise your blood sugar, keeping your cravings under control.
Eggplants, or brinjals as they are also known, have a high water content as well. While you may hesitate to eat them plain, they retain most of their moisture and nutrients when cooked, as long as you don’t fry them.
Pineapples are juicy fruits that are packed with water and bromelain, a mixture of compounds that has anti-inflammatory properties. These properties help prevent and cure several illnesses.
Mangoes have a high water content in addition to nutrients like Vitamins A, C and B6. They are relative higher in calories than other fruits though, since a single mango contains about 135 calories.
We have all heard that an apple a day keeps the doctor away, so in an effort to follow this popular adage you can start substituting a glass of water with an apple every day. Apples lower your cholesterol levels, help you lose weight and prevent problems like heart disease, cancer, diabetes and asthma.
Oranges contain about 87 percent water and 100 percent of your daily requirement of Vitamin C. They are easy to carry along with you and eat on the go.