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Hydrating Vegetables – Perfect for Ramadan

Posted on Jun 27, 2015 by in Blog, Wellbeing | 0 comments

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One of the most important things to do when fasting is to try one’s best to remain hydrated. Of course, one cannot drink any liquids during the day, therefore he should be careful of what he eats in the morning before dawn. Hence, one should drink a lot of liquid and refrain from drinking caffeine or eating fried and sugary foods which would dehydrate one quickly in the day. There are a number of vegetables which serve as hydrating agents, which if eaten before the fast starts might help one get through the day. These vegetables have been listed on The Eco Muslim:

After all the fruits, vegetables are the most important food you will ever eat. With a 70-80% water content, veg are high in almost every beneficial substance known to increase energy and thin the blood which lowers body temperature when the heat soars. Incorporate vegetables into your meals 2-3 times per week (1-1/2 cup = 1 serving) as soups, toss them into vibrant salads, wrap them in rice paper to create veggie rolls or slice and eat raw. Take a gander through some of the most hydrating vegetables for this summer Ramadan.

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1. Cucumbers – Hydration rating 95%. British Cucumbers taste refreshing raw, sliced with cheese and crackers or dipped in hummus. Cucumbers contain significant amounts of vitamins C and B, calcium, and are rich in caffeic acid which soothes the skin, while most of the water is contained in the skin. With its diuretic properties for flushing out toxins in the dry summer months, cucumber is a must for every single meal.

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2. Cabbage – Hydration rating 90%. The University of Kentucky listed fresh cabbage as one the highest hydrating vegetables. Although green cabbage is commonly eaten, red leaves reflect their anti-inflammatory properties while purple and red cabbage contains even more vitamin C than green. One cup of raw cabbage provides an excellent amount of vitamin K, rating it one of the world’s healthiest foods.

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3. Tomatoes – A whopping hydration rating of 94% . New research shows that lycopenes in tomatoes lower stroke risk and cancers. Tomatoes prevent constipation, keep the liver functioning and since they are naturally water-rich, tomatoes keep the body hydrated even after strenuous exercise.

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4. Carrots – Hydration rating 87%. They seem like a dense vegetable but many people don’t realise carrots are almost all water. Carrots are grown in surprisingly beautiful yellow, green and orange colours, which are all high sources of beta-carotene (which helps eyesight), more potent than any other veg or fruit.

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5. Lettuce – An amazing hydration rating of 96%. Lettuce contains fibre which keeps you fuller for longer. Green salads do not only make for a delicious snack or lunch, but they maintain hydration because the leaves are packed with water. Choose a variety of leaves or grow your own lettuces, it’s dead easy.

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6. Broccoli – Hydration rating 90%. Did you know broccoli has anti-cancer nutrients? It is the most hydrating magnesium rich food and has the capacity to help reduce allergies, supplement your vitamin D deficiency and detoxify the potential toxins we encounter each day. What an amazing vegetable Allah has made.

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7. Red Bell Peppers – Hydration rating 92%. Red bell peppers are a powerhouse of fantastic nutrients like thiamine, vitamins C and B6, beta-carotene, lycopene and folic acid. One pepper will top up your day’s worth of plant vitamin A, which is critical for cell growth, vision and healthy organs.

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8. Zucchini (aka courgette) – Hydration rating 95%. Zucchini is one of the most hydrating vegetables you can eat. One adult serving is an excellent source of potassium and folate (folic acid), which can repair DNA, speed the healing of wounds and tissue growth, as well as maintain nerve functioning. Although the veg is available all year long, the peak season for zucchini is between May and July.

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9. Celery – Hydration rating 95%. Celery is considered a powerful electrolyte food. It is almost all water and gets a reputation for being “negative calories.” But as little as two/three refreshing stalks also provides lots of mineral salts, vitamins and amino acids. Celery is a great snack after intense exercise to rehydrate and rejuvenate the body and the skin.

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9. Celery – Hydration rating 95%. Celery is considered a powerful electrolyte food. It is almost all water and gets a reputation for being “negative calories.” But as little as two/three refreshing stalks also provides lots of mineral salts, vitamins and amino acids. Celery is a great snack after intense exercise to rehydrate and rejuvenate the body and the skin.

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