That’s right. The secret to glowing skin isn’t just about guzzling liquids from morning to nightfall. Perhaps even more hydrating than drinking water is eating it in juicy, whole foods like fruits and vegetables. Nikki Elisheva, holistic educator, healthy lifestyle blogger, and creator of Sweet Belly, calls these “water foods.”
“Melons, like cantaloupe and watermelon, have a close carbohydrate-fiber ratio, so they keep you full and contribute a substantial amount of water to your diet,” Elisheva lays out for us. “Try storing these fruits in the fridge so that they’re super crisp and even more refreshing when you eat them! They are perfect on hot days, especially after a good workout.”
Juicy fruits like citrus, kiwi, strawberries, pineapple, and cranberries all have high water content and are full of antioxidants, but it’s not only the sweet stuff. “There are more savory options that I gravitate toward, like cucumbers, celery, and cabbage,” Elisheva shares. “I enjoy a celery juice every morning, which is a natural diuretic—it hydrates and flushes toxins out of the body.”
Your smoothie is a great place to start hydrating as well! While you might be stacking your smoothies full of protein and fats, the water content is still there. “If you’re a smoothie lover, I suggest freezing cucumber slices overnight and adding them to smoothies. Substitute them for ice for an even creamier consistency,” Elisheva suggests. Um, yum.
Her bottom line is that the juiciest fruits and veggies have the highest amount of water, and she encourages us to be creative, chop them up in salad, throw them into a smoothie, or enjoy them as snacks. You’ll stay fuller longer thanks to the fiber, and your skin—and everything else—will thank you!
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