Long for dewy, supple, glowing skin? Drinking water all day can get a little boring, so turn to these whole foods for help. These 5 Hydrating Foods to Eat for Glowing Skin will help you stay hydrated which is essential to our health!
How do you stay hydrated and healthy?
We all want dewy, glowy, supple skin. Sometimes drinking water all day long can get a little boring, right? Don’t worry! You can get plenty of water and hydration from whole foods too. Staying hydrated is absolutely essential to our health. This is especially important in the summer when the weather is warmer and we’re sweating more.
The good news is that it’s not just water that provides hydration. In fact, if you only got your daily water intake from plain water, you’d have to drink more like 100 ounces of water a day to stay properly hydrated.
Where does the rest of this water come from? Water-rich foods. Below is a list of the most hydrating foods and the reasons why you should definitely include them in your diet.
According to the Mayo Clinic, “many fruits and vegetables, such as watermelon and spinach, are almost 100 percent water by weight.” Lucky for us, watermelon is also tasty, cooling, and in season during the summer.
It’s also full of antioxidants such as lycopene and vitamin C and A which help reduce those free radicals that can slow down the signs of aging. The consumption of Vitamin A can encourage the growth of collagen and elastin cells that helps your skin stay young and supple.
Whether you like to eat it plain or enjoy it in a fruit salad with some other delicious juicy fruits, you definitely want to make watermelon part of your routine.
Cucumber has natural cooling properties that help prevent overheating and dehydration. At 95.2% water, eating just one cucumber a day could get you a lot closer to hitting your hydration goals. If you’re looking to start your day off on a healthy note, try adding cucumber slices to your water. It’s extremely refreshing and delicious.
Did you know that spinach is almost 100% water? A great way to get plenty of water in your diet is through leafy greens like spinach because they’re so versatile. You can add them to your smoothies (which doesn’t change the taste), sauté them with your scrambled eggs, toss them into your salad, and there are so many options! Spinach is also high in magnesium and plenty of other important vitamins and minerals as well.
If you’re looking for a tasty green smoothie recipe, try this Morning Pineapple Ginger Green Smoothie. It’s refreshing and packed full of leafy greens, fruits, and lemon.
Strawberries are made up of 92% water, which makes them one of the most hydrating fruits. They’re an excellent source of vitamin C and manganese and also contain decent amounts of folate (vitamin B9) and potassium. Strawberries are very rich in antioxidants and plant compounds, which may have benefits for heart health and blood sugar control. Try adding frozen strawberries to your smoothie or slicing them up and adding them on top of your salads.
A single orange contains about 156 grams of water – that means it’s made up of roughly 85% water. Oranges are a great travel snack that packs well and doesn’t need to stay refrigerated. Oranges are an excellent source of vitamin C. One orange offers 116.2% of the daily value for vitamin C. Good intake of vitamin C is associated with a reduced risk of colon cancer as it helps to get rid of free radicals that cause damage to our DNA. Antioxidants in oranges help protect skin from free radical damage known to cause signs of aging. So think of oranges as your ticket to maintaining youthful skin!
The bottom line – no matter how you’re staying hydrated, make sure you’re getting enough water on a daily basis. A good balance of sipping on water and adding hydrating foods to your diet is a great approach. When your body is properly hydrated, it’s able to function at its best, which leads to glowing skin.
We hope this information from SoFabFood Home Chef, Nicole from Living Well with Nic, helps you in your quest for a happier, healthier you! For daily recipe inspiration, like us on Facebook and follow us on Pinterest. Enjoy!