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Here’s Why Water Should Be Part of Your Diet

Water is an essential element in our daily meal consumption. Water washes and cleanses the food substances we eat to enable food particles to flow freely in our system. Medical experts recommended drinking 8 to 9 cups of water every day as a personal daily water target. There is also a prediction that says one can survive one week without food, but the same person may not last for three days without water.

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Water is found in many fruits and vegetables. Eating these fruits will provide you with enough water quantity that you need each day, but that doesn’t mean they should replace drinking water.

To make your best choices of fruits and vegetables that are richly filled with water, here are the best compilation of 8 types with their water content measurement. For this special season.

1. Green peppers

Water capacity: 93.9%

Green pepper possesses the highest H2O content, followed by its yellow and red contemporaries. It also has antioxidants.

A dietitian writer and consultant to one technology firm, Keri Gans,  endorsed chewing pepper before dinner or as a dessert, especially as an appetizer. She admitted that people might soon lose interest in chewing other vegetables like carrots, but same cannot be the case with pepper.

2. Iceberg lettuce

Water capacity: 95.6%

Although Iceberg lettuce does not have much virtue regarding nutrients, and even dietitians prefer prescribing green vegetables like romaine lettuce and spinach in its place, yet this vegetable compensates its nutrient lack by accommodating abundant water capacity.

3. Strawberries

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Water capacity: 91.0%

Our bodies need hydration at all time, and that can be taken care of by berries, especially red strawberries.

For Gans, combining strawberries with fat-free yogurt or a fruit smoothie is a good way to have fluid retention in the body and a reliable source of protein and fiber.

4. Celery

Water capacity: 95.4%

Celery is low in calories but rich in water and fiber. It has abundant vitamins A, C, and K, then sufficient folate. You can also rely on celery’s ability to balance acid content in the stomach. Celery is also medicinal for curing heartburn and acid deterioration.

5. Tomatoes

Water capacity: 94.5%

Best colorful vegetable ingredient in salads, tomatoes are just too fantastic, apart from its rich water content. Gans recommended eating raw tomatoes, accompanied by cheese and nuts.

Try sticking up finely cut out tomato slices with slices of mozzarella and basil leaves onto a toothpick and savor the taste.

6. Cucumber

Water capacity: 96.7%

Experts recommend cucumber because of its high level of water content. Cucumber is common during summer, and it is a vegetable that has the highest water content above other vegetables. Gans endorsed including slices of cucumber in salads, fat-free yogurt blended with mint, beverages and ice cubes.

7. Watermelon

Water capacity: 91.5%

Watermelon is not called ‘watermelon’ for no reason; its reddish juicy water makes it sweet and unique. Watermelon also possesses lycopene, an antioxidant that has the ability to combat cancer. Lycopene antioxidant is also found in vegetables and red fruits, yet none has the capacity of watermelon that weighs 12 kilograms per wedge.

Basing our water jug with frozen watermelon pieces and storing it in the fridge is a great way to get the sweet water supplements you need, says Gans.

8. Radishes

Water capacity: 95.3%

Radishes are colorful, sweet tasting root vegetables that contain antioxidants like catechin.

Best recipe for radishes is to cut them into artistic shapes, spiced the pieces with cut parsley, cut snow peas, then strip carrots and cabbage, sliced hazelnuts and garnish it with poppy seeds. Finish it up with salt, pepper, lemon juice and olive oil.

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Enjoy your summer salad with rich, tasty radishes.

Shedding more light on the importance of water, Caroline Passerrello, a diet professional, and spokesperson for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics said that adequate hydration could neutralize hunger, curb restlessness and develop metabolic activities.

Also, water helps to reduce calorie accumulation. A substantial quantity of pounds will be shed, and your health will be fostered.

It’s advisable to take one cup of water before eating because it helps to make your stomach fill up faster.

Experts also advise adding sweet and enriching fruits into your water in case you get tired of its bland taste. Lemons, oranges and apple slices provide delicious aroma.

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