Dehydration can be an uncomfortable nuisance, yet, if left unattended, can turn into a serious medical issue. This is mostly due to the fact that our bodies run off of water given that we’re made of 60 to 70 percent water.
This little fact definitely puts the necessity for adequate water intake into a bit more perspective.
Along with quenching our thirst, water also keeps a majority of our crucial systems running smoothly, removes waste from our blood, keeps blood vessels open so that “important nutrients can travel freely to our kidneys,” regulates body temperature, helps your brain function, aids digestion, and boosts our immune system.
Humans absolutely and under no circumstances can live without water!
With that said, staying hydrated is easier said than done in this hectic world of ours. Dehydration can be caused by various things including simply not consuming enough water, extremely hot weather, physical activity, or sickness.
Of course, if you find yourself dehydrated, there are a few ways to rehydrate.
First and foremost, just drink some water. With that said, there are a handful of plant-based foods that can act fast, help remedy dehydration before it worsens, and even boost that immune system!
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When thinking about hydration, think soup! Add in some tomatoes — which have a water content of 94.5 percent — and you’re really hydrating. This Tomato and Mushroom Tortellini Soup recipe by Elsa Brobbey hits both notes while also offering a balanced nourishing base of mushrooms, turmeric, and garlic.
Who would’ve thought that little unassuming radishes offered a whopping water content of 95.3 percent? This Butter-Braised Radishes and Turnips recipe by Rachel Hanawalt is the perfect mixture of water-rich radishes and nourishing fiber, vitamin A, and vitamin C.
Bell peppers are not only a sweet and healthy veggie treat, but they’re also about 92 percent water! This Roasted Corn and Pepper Soup recipe by Kristina Jug and Mitja Bezensek not only packs a hydrating soup base, but also incorporates that lovely bell pepper and tomato.
This Mashed Cauliflower recipe by Christin McKamey is surprisingly hydrating. Based around cauliflower which happens to be 92 percent water by weight, this recipe is a great simple and easy delicious side.
Obviously, the liquid in juice is a step in the right hydrating direction, but this Good Morning Beet Juice recipe by Ashley Smyczek also uses hydrating apples, one cup of water, super nourishing beets, and water-filled strawberries which happen to be 91 percent water.
Speaking of those water-rich strawberries, this Strawberry Gazpacho recipe by Petra Vogel is a great meal to have on hand to stay hydrated! Along with strawberries, this gazpacho has vitamin C-rich orange and naturally healing ginger.
Zucchini is not only a diverse and nutrient-rich squash, but it also happens to have a 95 percent water content. This Fruitless Chocolate Zucchini Smoothie Bowl recipe by Kat Condon mixes water-rich zucchini with almond milk for a super chocolatey, super hydrating meal!
Seeds are incredibly nutrient-rich, greens are one of the healthiest veggies, avocados are healthy-fat and vitamin-filled, and zucchini is water-filled making this Seeds and Greens Kaniwa Salad recipe by Viktoria Radichkova a nourishing, hydrating whopper of a salad!
Alright, so iceberg lettuce doesn’t actually offer much outside of a ton of water — 95 percent water — but that’s why you match it with lots of nourishment such as in this Iceberg Wedge Salad With Shiitake Bacon recipe by Cruelty Free Family. Along with hydrating iceberg lettuce, this lettuce offers savory veggies, — shiitake mushrooms, tomatoes, and scallions — nutrient-rich toppings, — lemon juice, olive oil, garlic, and coconut aminos — and a sweet bite from apple cider vinegar and agave nectar.
This Cleansing Green Soup recipe by Melissa Tedesco is the perfect meal to have on hand when you need immediate rehydration! Along with water-rich celery and zucchini, this soup has a nourishing veggie broth base and nutrient-rich cruciferous cabbage.
This Basil Cucumber Gazpacho recipe by Kristina Jug and Mitja Bezensek is a great second best choice hydrating soup next to the Cleansing Green Soup. Along with cucumber, this recipe also uses lemon juice, coconut yogurt, and avocado.
Reducing your meat intake and eating more plant-based foods is known to help with chronic inflammation, heart health, mental wellbeing, fitness goals, nutritional needs, allergies, gut health, and more! Dairy consumption also has been linked to many health problems, including acne, hormonal imbalance, cancer, prostate cancer and has many side effects.
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- Weekly Vegan Meal Plans
- Plant-Based Health Resources
- Plant-Based Food & Recipes
- Plant-Based Nutrition Resources
- The Ultimate Guide to Plant-Based Nutrition
- Budget-Friendly Plant-Based Recipes
- High Protein Plant-Based Recipes
- Plant-Based Meal Prep
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