Get Your 8 Glasses of Water a Day Through Raw Foods
We’ve all heard hundred of times that we should drink eight, 8 oz glasses of water per day to maintain an optimal level of hydration. Yet there is little scientific evidence for this advice and that for most people, more water just means more trips to the bathroom! Not only is this a waste of time, and water, the constant flushing of water through your body can mean a loss of vital minerals as well.
“Eat your water and you won’t need to count your glasses,” said Howard Murad, M.D., Associate Clinical Professor of Medicine at UCLA and founder of Murad Inc. “If you replace at least one glass of water a day with one serving of raw fruits or vegetables, you will be able to stay hydrated significantly longer.”
This is not to say that water is bad for you. It is, in fact, essential for hydration and overall health. The goal, according to Dr. Murad, is to strategically hydrate so that water is available to your cells throughout the day. Eating foods that are rich in structured water, especially raw fruits and vegetables, will not only help your body hold onto water longer, you’ll get the added boost of important antioxidants, fiber and other nutrients. By sticking to a healthy diet you’ll end up eating most of the water needed each day to stay well hydrated.
What foods does Dr. Murad recommend for eating your water?
Because the body is constantly replacing damaged cells, if we eat key foods and take targeted supplements, we can protect and promote cellular health by keeping the body flooded with cell protecting antioxidants and the building blocks of stronger cell membranes.
Here are some examples of Dr. Murad’s recommended foods that contain high levels of nutrients and structured water, a great source to help you “eat your water:”
Why eat them? Cucumbers are composed mostly of water – structured water – which will keep you feeling hydrated longer. But, they are nutritious too! Cucumbers are an excellent source of silica, a trace mineral that contributes to the strength of connective tissue, and the cucumber skin is a good source of Vitamins A, C and folic acid.
Why Eat Them? Pomegranates are a wonderful source of antioxidants, and may be the world’s most prolific source of polyphenols. The unique combination of elements in pomegranates increases the protective abilities of sunscreens (which can help prevent sun damage).
Why Eat Them? Avocados contain potassium, monosaturated fats and are very high in fiber. The monosaturated fats in avocados contain oleic acid which has been found to improve fat levels in the body and help control diabetes and cholesterol.
Food: Apricots, Mangos
Why eat them? Apricots and mangos contain high amounts of Vitamin A. Vitamin A normalizes the production and life cycle of skin cells. In skin with acne, there is an overproduction of cells in the stratum corneum which is the outermost layer of the skin and is composed of biologically “dead” cells. These excess dead cells combine with sebum (the skin’s own natural oil) to form comedones - the pore plugs that are the defining element of acne. Taken as a dietary supplement, Vitamin A helps to prevent overproduction of skin cells in the stratum corneum.
Food: Broccoli, Spinach
Why eat them? These green foods are a great source of Alpha Lipoic Acid (ALA) which is a potent fat-and-water-soluble antioxidant and anti-inflammatory.
Did you know?
When you cook vegetables, you may be missing out on some of the benefits and nutritional components that raw foods provide. Try and eat a healthy diet of raw fruits and vegetables to absorb all of the rich nutrients.For more on raw foodism, visit us at www.rawconvenience.com Source: http://www.healthnewsdigest.com/news/Food_and_Nutrition_690/Eat_Your_Water.shtml