I have spent decades researching the role that cellular hydration plays in overall health and aging. My studies, which I have described in my published works, most notably The Water Secret, have conclusively shown that strong cells which can hold an optimal amount of water are the key to real wellness.
With water so central to health, it is no surprise that our bodies are composed of up to 60 percent water. In extreme cases, dehydration can lead to a whole slew of health problems including respiratory and circulation issues, headaches, ulcers, high blood pressure and kidney disease. Consequences of chronic low level dehydration are less catastrophic, but still include low energy, constipation and dull, dry skin.
I believe the best way to avoid chronic dehydration is to keep a reservoir of water inside you by “eating” your water—the water encapsulated within foods. You can “eat your water” by incorporating 4 – 8 servings a day of raw fruits and vegetables – you won’t be running to the bathroom as often, the hydrating elements will stay in your body longer and you will get all the nutritional benefits of the fruits and vegetables as a bonus.
Here’s a recipe I’d like to recommend that will help you “eat your water:”
Avocado Fruit Salad
- 1 grapefruit
- 1 pear
- 1 orange
- 1 avocado
- 1 mango
- 10 strawberries
- 1/2 lemon, juice squeezed
- 1/4 cup 0% Greek yogurt
- 2 tbsp pure vanilla extract
- 1/4 cup chia seeds
- Wash, peel+core+remove seeds from fruit (if necessary) and cut into desired size piecess. Add to a bowl.
- To make the dressing, in a separate bowl whisk together Greek yogurt, lemon juice, vanilla extract and chia seeds. Pour over the fruits and mix just enough to combine. Serve chilled.
- Store covered in the refrigerator for up to 1 day. Stir gently before serving to lift the juices from the bottom of the bowl.
Article by Howard Murad, M.D., FAAD, a world renowned skincare expert and founder of the Inclusive Health movement. Read more about Dr. Murad.