Hydration is not about how much water you drink, but how much water you hold. Healthy, hydrated cells are the key to beautiful skin and a healthy body, drink up.
Hydration is About the Water You Hold, Not Drink
As we age, our cells lose water. When we are born approximately 75% of our body is water but by the time we reach middle age, our body’s water content can be as low as 50%. The Science of Cellular Water™ developed by Howard Murad, M.D explains how cellular water loss causes ageing and why our wellness is determined by each cell’s ability to hold water.
Without adequate water supply, skin cell structure deteriorates and leads to visible signs of ageing, (think fine lines and wrinkles). Water in fruits and vegetables contain nutrients and structured water to nourish and hydrate your cells, (to give you glowing, healthy skin).
The Science of Cellular Water looks at the ability of cell membranes to hold water within a cell as the fundamental marker of youthful good health, because skin can only be beautiful if it is healthy at the cellular level. So how do you provide your cells with water-rich nutrition? You eat it.
Get Beautiful Skin, Eat Your Water
Most of us think hydration means drinking eight glasses of water a day, but Dr. Murad says that water “will go right through you,” and along with it, nutrients. Hydration is about the water you keep, not drink so water eaten goes towards replenishing our cellular water and maintaining optimal cellular function.
Water in fruits and vegetables is surrounded by molecules that facilitate the entry of water into cells, which is why it is referred to as cellular water. Cellular water is absorbed slowly, providing you with lasting hydration, so Dr. Murad recommends “eating your water” in the form of fresh fruits and vegetables to keep your body hydrated.
Most foods contain some water but plant foods have more. When you consume water through fruits and vegetables you also get, antioxidants, anti-inflammatory agents and fibre. Cooking reduces the water content so eat your fruits and vegetables raw, whole, blended or juiced. Read on for your top 10 hydrating foods, how to get them in you and get hydrating!
1. Cucumber | Water Content 97%
Increase the hydrating power of your next green smoothie by adding a cup of cucumber, like the one below. Get the recipe here. Add 2 tablespoons of chia seeds to your smoothie and bam! you just drank a refreshing 11 grams of fibre too.
2. Strawberries | Water Content 92%
Blend a cup of frozen strawberries with a cup of coconut water and you have yourself a seriously, hydrating, healthy slushie.
3. Watermelon | Water Content 92%
Quite simple really, blend watermelon to get watermelon juice and stir through a tablespoon of chia seeds for 4 grams of protein. Watermelon also contains the antioxidant lycopene which is thought to have a protective role against cardiovascular disease, although this is slightly controversial and still under scientific study.
4. Raspberries | Water Content 92%
Combine 1 cup of raspberries, 1 cup of spinach, 1 frozen banana with 1/2 cup water and throw in 2 tablespoons of ground flaxseed. Blend and then down 4 grams of yummy soluble fibre, (ground flaxseed is easier for your body to absorb).
5. Spinach | Water Content 92%
This green fruit-free smoothie will give you enough hydration to share with a friend. 1 cup each of spinach, cucumber and celery, plus 1 avocado, the juice of 1 lemon (lemon has such low fructose levels that even Sarah Wilson allows it), 4 cups of water, 1 tablespoon of psyllium husks and a handful of ice.
If you’re the kind of person who thinks a smoothie is not a smoothie if it doesn’t have banana, make this one below.
6. Celery | Water Content 95%
This hydrating juice will give you all your vitamin A requirements for the day. Juice 2 celery sticks with 3 carrots, 1 apple and a 1/3 cucumber.
7. Grapefruit | Water content 91%
Boost your metabolism with this hydrating smoothie. Blend 1 grapefruit with skin removed with 1 apple, 2 cups of spinach, a frozen banana, a handful of ice cubes and 1/2 cup of water. Grapefruit is a great source of vitamin C, so get on this now, winter is coming!
8. Cantaloupe | Water content 90%
Smash your fibre goals with this cantaloupe, banana, seeds smoothie. Makes enough for 2. Blend 2 cups of cubed cantaloupe, 2 frozen bananas, a handful of ice cubes and 3 tablespoons of a mix of these seeds (sesame, amaranth, chia, flaxseed).
9. Red Cabbage | Water content 92%
A slightly odd combination but you won’t regret making this vitamin rich smoothie. Blend 1½ cups of filtered water, 1/2 small head of red cabbage, 1 cup frozen blueberries, 1 frozen banana and 2/3 cup of coconut yoghurt with a handful of ice. This is quite possibly the best way to have cabbage.
10. Carrots | Water content 87%
Make yourself an anti-inflammatory concoction by blending 1 cup of carrot juice with a 1 inch piece of fresh turmeric grated or juiced with 2 tablespoons of raw cashews. The cashews are optional but it will make your juice that little bit creamier.
Curcumin is thought to be the primary pharmacological agent in turmeric, with anti-inflammatory effects shown to be comparable to potent drugs in various studies. It was even used to effectively and safely treat patients with Rheumatoid Arthritis in this study.