Everyone knows that once the temperature rises, staying hydrated is extremely important. But even in late summer, which is just blooming again, or even in cool winter, it is important to consume enough water. Moisturizing skin products are of course always a good choice, but they are of little benefit to the skin if it is not also cared for from the inside out.
It is probably not new to anyone that our body is a complex organism in which all processes are interconnected and that how we deal with our body affects our well-being. When customers write to me that they suffer from dry skin and nothing works for them, I always first ask about their diet and daily water intake. Cutting down on foods that are dehydrating seems obvious but easier said than done. The biggest representatives of the dehydrating foods are coffee, alcohol, and sugar: most of us probably consume at least one of them every day.
But now to the obvious - the drinking behavior. We all know that drinking more water is an answer to dehydration, but it is not the only one, nor is it the most suitable for everyday use. Eating foods that are high in water, minerals and vitamins can actually help your body to store water. Of course, what we do not want is that the water is excreted the way you ingest it.
We have made a small list of foods that are almost entirely water, while also containing nutrients like vitamins A, B, C, and K and electrolytes - all of which are beneficial for water absorption.
Cucumbers - about 95% water
Cucumbers are mostly made up of water and are incredibly refreshing. Not only are they high in water, but they also provide your body with potassium, magnesium, and vitamin K.
Grapes - about 87% water
Grapes are not only rich in antioxidants and fiber, but also full of potassium. Nibbling on some grapes for water intake and a healthy snack sounds pretty good to us. But remember that grapes also contain sugar and are best eaten as an after-meal dessert.
Strawberries - about 91% water
Unfortunately the strawberry season is already over but next spring is sure to come. Strawberries are a great source of vitamin C and have been shown to be anti-inflammatory as well. Plus, they're high in fiber and antioxidants.
Grapefruit - about 88% water
High in antioxidants, vitamins A, C, and minerals including potassium and folate. Citrus fruits are also a great source of fiber.
Coconut water - about 95% water
Rich in vitamin K and electrolytes, including potassium, sodium and chloride. This is a great alternative to sports drinks, which usually contain twice the amount of sugar.
I hope our little contribution was able to give you some inspiration for increasing water intake. What other foods can you think of that could help us?