12 Reasons to Eat Water When Fasting (or Anytime)
NOTE: Although eating your water is very helpful to your body, it's no substitute for drinking a few good glasses of conventional drinking water each day.
Are you vigilant about drinking water? Do you drink and drink and drink that water only to pee the majority of it out 30 to 45 minutes later? If so, perhaps eating most of your water instead of drinking it will serve you and your body better.
In the following post, I'll share 12 reasons why eating most of your daily water may be of more benefit to your body than only drinking it. I'll also share what kinds of fruits and veggies help keep you hydrated best, how often you should eat them, and how you can tell if your body is hydrated enough. Keep in mind, I'm no expert. I'm just sharing my experience (and a little bit of the research I've done) after becoming EXTREMELY THIRSTY during my first week and a half of intermittent fasting.
12 Reasons To Eat Your Water
- Less Thirst - Since taking in your water by eating raw fruits and vegetables allows your body the opportunity to absorb and hold as much as TWICE AS MUCH WATER than drinking conventional water does, chances are you'll feel less thirsty more of the time. Also, any thirst you have will be quenched much more quickly and will stay quenched for a longer period of time.
- More Energy - Since eating raw fruits and vegetables helps hydrate your body from the inside out, your energy is increased because your body doesn't have to work so hard keeping you hydrated and processing as much conventional drinking water.
- Helps boost your brain power - Since eating raw fruits and vegetables helps give you more energy, you are automatically blessed with much more brain power, which can help you be more productive.
- Helps prevent fatigue - Since the water from raw fruits and veggies hydrates your body from the inside out, this helps guard against fatigue and the infamous 3 o'clock slump.
- Helps decrease hunger - Since the water from raw fruits and vegetables hydrates your body from the inside out, this leaves you feeling more satiated, which means less hunger pangs and cravings.
- Helps clean your body - Since eating raw fruits and vegetables helps hydrate your body from the inside out, your body can clean itself and eliminate toxins much more easily than it can if you're not eating a good amount of raw fruits and veggies.
- Helps reduce swelling - Since eating raw fruits and vegetables helps hydrate your body from the inside out, this can help reduce swelling in your body, especially in your legs, ankles and feet.
- Pee Less - Since eating raw fruits and vegetables helps hydrate your body from the inside out, this helps you hold more water and pee much less.
- Poop Better - Since eating raw fruits and vegetables helps give your body the vitamins, nutrients, minerals and fiber your body needs to function at it's best, this helps make your "poop times" much more regular, cleaner and more comfortable than they would be if you were only consuming conventional drinking water.
- Shower Less - Since the water from eating raw fruits and veggies helps clean your body from the inside out, you may be able to get away with taking fewer showers because your body will feel cleaner and smell fresher for a longer period of time.
- More vitamins, nutrients, minerals and fiber - Since the water from raw fruits and veggies can be absorbed by the body much easier than conventional drinking water can, it's able to give you the vitamins, nutrients, minerals and fiber your body needs to function at it's best.
- More Restful Sleep - Since the water from eating raw fruits and veggies helps clean and hydrate you from the inside out, this allows your body to get more restful sleep, which can aid in detoxifying, healing and properly restoring energy levels in our bodies.
Which Fruits And Veggies Hydrate Us Best?
Lettuce, Cucumbers, Celery, Tomatoes, Pineapple, Watermelon, Blueberries, Strawberries and Grapefruit are just a few. For a more expanded list, type "high water content fruits and vegetables" into your favorite search engine.
How Often Should You Eat Raw Fruits And Veggies?
How often should you eat raw fruits and vegetables in order to feel your optimum best? A small amount of mostly veggies with every meal is ideal. Depending on where you're at already, you can start the process by committing to eat a comfortably sized daily salad, or adding one or two more vegetables to the salad you're eating already.
If you want to eat even more raw fruit and veggies in addition to a daily salad, eat a little bit for breakfast and a little bit on a relatively empty stomach before going to bed. This will give your body something good to clean and hydrate itself with while you sleep, and you'll have an extra boost of long lasting energy and brain power the next morning, especially after you drink a little water.
Remember to give your body sufficient time to adjust before eating too many fruits and veggies too fast.
How Can You Tell When You're Properly Hydrated?
So how can you tell when your body is properly hydrated? You won't feel as hungry or thirsty, your lips won't be chapped, you're mouth won't be dry, and you'll also sweat a little more. Aches and pains may also be reduced and swelling will go down in your legs, ankles and feet. You'll also feel a little bit of a high, similar to the high you get when you get a burst of energy.
© 2017 Juliet Parrott-Merrell