How to Keep Hydrated Eat Your Water Packed Foods

Get Productive: Getting Hydrated with Food and Water
Hot Water & Lemon CleanserYour morning hot water drinks counts as you 8 glasses day. “Your body is your temple” – give it what it needs.

Since we are mostly made of water its essential to keep hydrated for optimal health, productivity and keep those creative juices flowing. Entrepreneurs have a habit of burning the midnight oil, neglect eating proper and staying hydrated. If your not getting enough water in your day you may not be as productive as you think.

Here are a few ways to get your 8 glasses a day and a some extra hydration with water packed simple foods.

Your morning hot water drinks counts as you 8 glasses day. “Your body is your temple” – give it what it needs.
Since we are mostly made of water its essential to keep hydrated for optimal health.
According to the old rule of thumb its recommended we drink 8 glasses of water daily, it can seem like a daunting task on some days, but here’s the great news: You don’t have to drink it all. Around 20% of our daily water intake comes from solid foods, especially H2O packed fruits and vegetables.

If you’re wondering if it’s important to drink of water, I would say yes—especially in the summertime – but you can also hydrate your body with 10 water packed foods, these are all at least 90% water by weight. Here are a few reasons why.
Your digestive system is an essential part of your health, it helps your body deliver the nutrients where they need to go and keep the body balanced. Tip: Adding spice will help boost your metabolism and burn fat naturally.
Start with a cleanse –  Drink a hot cup of water with lemon to kick-start your digestion process for the day. This will also increase detoxification because the bitterness of the lemon activates the bile flow, which helps remove fat-soluble toxins. To kick-start your metabolism, burn more fat add and aid with digestion add a pinch of fresh ginger, cinnamon, cayenne, and turmeric. Add small amounts to your preferred taste.

This one simple morning drink will give you an energy boost and do your body good. To increase your daily water intake add your favourite fresh fruits, I love to fill a pitcher with ice, lime slices, strawberries and fresh berries for a refreshing drink, winter and summer.
Top foods packed with water to keep you hydrated:

1. Cucumber

Water content: 96.7% – This summer veggie—which has the highest water content of any solid food—is perfect in salads, or sliced up and served with some hummus, delicious and refreshing.

2. Ice Berg Lettuce
Water content: 95.6% – Add this to your meals to get you hydrated naturally. Crispy iceberg has the highest of any lettuce, followed by butter – head, romaine and green leaf varieties. Pile iceberg onto sandwiches or use the leaves as a wrap for taco (I make delicious veggie with just like ground) or use as a bed to create a colourful vegetable salad adding peppers, mushrooms, cherry tomatoes, nuts, cranberries and whatever your heart’s desire.

3. Strawberries 

Water content: 91.0% – All berries are amazing for hydration, but fresh (organic when possible) juicy red strawberries are easily the best of the bunch. “I love strawberries blended in a smoothie or mixed with plain non-fat yogurt— or amazing on top of a spinach salad with goat cheese and pecans.

4. Star fruit

Water content: 91.4% water – If you haven’t tried starfruit you’re in for a treat. This tropical fruit, also known ascarambola, comes in sweet and tart varieties and has a juicy pineapple like texture. Its eye-catching shape is a perfect edible garnish for summer cocktails and salads, it’s rich in antioxidants, a heart-healthy compound also found in red wine, dark chocolate and green tea.

One note of caution: People with kidney problems should avoid star fruit because of its high levels of oxalic acid.

5. Broccoli

Water content: 90.7% – Raw broccoli adds crunch to a salad. Loaded with fiber, potassium, vitamin A, and vitamin C, broccoli is the only cruciferous vegetable that contains cabbage and kale, and sulforaphane, a potent compound that boosts the body’s protective enzymes and flushes out cancer-causing chemicals.

6. Baby Carrots

Water content: 90.4% – Are all carrots equal? Not when it comes to water content. When it comes to the crunchy orange veggies, the baby-sized carrot contain more water than full-size carrots (which are merely 88.3% water). Add these baby carrots to lunch boxes, julienne on salads and keep in the fridge and pair with water packed celery for a super powered H2O snack.

7. Grapefruit

Water content: 90.1% – One of my breakfast fave’s this fresh citrus fruit may help lower cholesterol, shrink your waistline, and add the extra water you need. In one study, people who ate just one grapefruit a day lowered their bad (LDL) cholesterol by 15.5% and their triglycerides by 27%. In another, eating half a grapefruit—roughly 40 calories—before each meal helped dieters lose about three and a half pounds over 12 weeks. Researchers say that compounds in the fruit help fuel fat burn and stabilize blood sugar, therefore helping to reduce cravings. Benefits all the way!
So get creative with your fruit and veg, you’ll be amazed how quickly you’ll get your water and the extra nutrients your body needs.