Water you waiting for? Eat foods rich in water

Get to know those mouth-watering foods that will quench your thirst.

fruitSummer is here! Time to get outside and let your skin soak up that vital vitamin D. When temperatures rise, so does your chance of dehydration.

To keep things extra interesting get to know those key foods that could make all the mouth-watering difference. Water isn’t the only thirst quencher. Foods with a high level of water content can also do the trick. Nature gives us a huge variety of fruit and vegetables that can help keep us hydrated.
Lip smacking produce includes:

  • Watermelons (it’s in the name!), which are not only high in vitamin C but their flesh contains 92% water.
  • Cucumbers contain the skin-smoothing caffeic acid, and are again, high in vitamin C.
  • Iceberg lettuce is top of the list for leafy greens that are high in water content.
  • Other ideas include tomatoes (94% water), blueberries (80%), melon cantaloupes (89%) and peaches (89%).
  • Dr Sam Bunting, cosmetic dermatologist states that “broccoli, peppers and spinach are also hydrating as well and UV-protecting”.

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Portion sizes (of fruit and vegetables) won’t provide us with all the fluid we need but they’re a great source of “time-released” fluid. Unlike a glass of water, which leaves the stomach and gets into the blood stream relatively quickly, food takes longer to be digested and therefore releases water into your system more slowly. Bunting, says “skin is the largest organ in the body and needs to stay hydrated to function as an effective barrier, prevent excessive fluid loss and to look healthy’. Food contains at least half of the average person’s water intake. What is important is to make sure you match your output with your input and allow for the extra losses due to perspiration in hot weather, especially exercising outdoors”.

Dr Sam Bunting

Dr Sam Bunting

“Foods can be a great source of water and essential micro-nutrients that keep our complexion glowing AND provide extra inbuilt protection from UV light – an added bonus”.

To find out more about Dr Sam Bunting, visit http://drsambunting.com/.