EAT YOUR WATER!
LC Arisman, Certified Health Navigator & Personal Trainer
Yes, you read that right, I want you to eat your water! For years we’ve focused on the importance of hydration and in my five years here at Parkpoint, I am constantly encouraging folks to make water their primary beverage. But an important thing to keep in mind is that hydration isn’t just how much water we drink, but how much water our body can keep.
Water in the body is either intercellular, with fluid outside an individual cell, or intracellular, with fluid inside a cell. Both are important for proper cellular function. When a cell is dehydrated, that can lead to oxygen starvation, muscle wasting, DNA damage, and accelerated aging.
When we think about hydration, we often think about water consumed. So, what happens when we drink water? From the stomach it heads into the intestines, and transfers from the gut lining into the cells through the bloodstream.
Plant foods like fruits and vegetables contain a lot of water, along with antioxidants, fiber, and anti-inflammatory agents. Eating hydrating foods are the ultimate buy one, get one free! The fiber keeps the food in our systems longer, allowing us to absorb the water more slowly and at a higher level. With proper fiber intake, the body rehydrates much faster.
Electrolytes are often part of the conversation around hydration because they help the body absorb fluids. Composed of chloride, potassium, calcium, and magnesium, electrolytes also support healthy nerve and muscle function. Most electrolyte sports drinks also have sugar, artificial dyes, and other unnecessary ingredients, making them a less than ideal choice. However, foods like bananas, avocados, Greek yogurt, kale, nuts, and spinach contain the minerals that we need.
Fun fact! Resistance training has been shown to improve the body’s ability to store water, especially intracellular hydration. So stay hydrated this summer by lifting, chewing, and of course, sipping!
Try these water-rich foods:
- Red Cabbage
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