Okay, so we all know now that water is important to our health for many different reasons…but sorry, water is still boring—even when “spiked” with spices and herbs…
Is there any other option that can help us reach out daily recommended two liters of water per day?
Fortunately yes…we can actually EAT our water by choosing foods that have a high water content…
Let’s look at a few of these options, using the Raw Foods Pyramid as a guide…
The levels of the Raw Foods Pyramid are…
- Leafy Greens
- Fruits and Vegetables
- Sprouts and Legumes
- Nuts and Seeds
- Herbs, Microgreens, and Juicing Greens
- Seaweed and Nutritional Yeast
So looking at these levels, let’s see which foods help you reach your daily water needs…
Leafy Greens…Leafy greens require ample chewing and provide a healthy dose of fiber, vitamins, and minerals. They also help with acid indigestion, constipation, and urinary tract infections.
- Iceberg Lettuce…Although we have all been told to choose darker greens—such as spinach or romaine—because these have more fiber and nutrients such as folate and vitamin K, lettuce is the best leafy green as far as water content. Iceberg consists of 95.6% water…more water than any other leafy greens—including butterhead, green leaf, and romaine.
- Spinach…Even though spinach has less water content than iceberg lettuce—92% water, spinach provides more nutrients than iceberg lettuce—including magnesium, potassium, B-vitamins, lutein, fiber, folate, and antioxidants.
- Other leafy green options that will increase your water intake include kale, Chinese cabbage, bok choy, Swiss chard, cabbage, and watercress.