By JOANNE BARRY COLON
Did you know that eating fruit and vegetables with high contents of water after a workout helps to hydrate your body twice as effectively as drinking a glass of water?
Studies indicate that water-rich fruits and vegetables provide you with natural sugars, amino acids, minerals, salts and vitamins that are lost during a workout.
As a certified personal trainer and nutrition coach, I educate clients on the importance of staying hydrated and being hydrated, so that their workout performance improves, leading to greater results, success and a healthier body.
Below are seven fruits and vegetables with a high content of water and their health benefits:
· Cucumber: Contain 97.9 percent of water and helps prevent cancer, contains such antioxidants as vitamin C, Beta-Carotene, Manganese and anti-inflammatory properties.
· Watermelon: Contains 91.4 percent of water, has a significant level of vitamin A, B6 and C, and lots of lycopene antioxidants and amino acids, along with potassium.
· Tomatoes: Contain 95.2 percent of water, helps protect against cancer, maintains healthy blood pressure, reduce blood glucose in people with diabetes.
· Celery: Contains 95.4 percent water and is rich in several vitamins, such as vitamin K, A potassium and vitamin C; and a great source of dietary fiber.
· Cantaloupe: Contains 90 percent of water and helps eye health, supports a healthy immune system, healthy red blood cells and also helps in collagen production in bones, cartilage and muscles.
· Strawberry: Contains 92 percent water and helps decrease heart disease, reduce blood pressure and decrease cancer risk by inhibiting tumor growth and decreasing inflammation in the body.
· Lettuce: Contains 95.6 percent water and helps lower cholesterol levels, prevents cancer, improves sleep, controls anxiety and decreases inflammation.
Mild dehydration may cause the following:
· Less urination
· Dry skin
Severe case of dehydration may lead to:
· Rapid heart rate
· Low blood pressure
Consult with your physician before starting this plan. And for best results, work one on one with a certified personal trainer and nutrition coach. Email questions to email@example.com. Redeem this article to receive a complimentary nutrition coaching session or 30-minute personal training session.