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Best Hydrating Foods

Sep 04, 2014 01:46AM
by Elaine Gibson

As I was fighting for my life on my journey to beat stage IV cancer without traditional protocols, it became clear that health and a strong immune system are the result of the choices I make every minute of every day. Once I understood that a high raw alkaline oxygen-rich lifestyle was the key, the rest fell into place.

Now is a time for enjoying delicious fruits and vegetables that are not always available year-round. A healthy diet consists of seasonal produce that not only tastes great, but also helps to keep us hydrated during the warmer months.

It thrills me to think about all of the wonderful dishes and cool drinks I’ll make with what I take home from the market. Some of these include:

  • Cucumbers taste great raw, sliced thin and dipped in vegan ranch dressing or hummus. They are made of mostly water and are one of the best foods to hydrate the body. You can even float them in some filtered water for a unique, refreshing drink.
  • Watermelon is mostly water. I love a huge slice of watermelon, but it’s also fun to blend it with ice and a little coconut palm sugar and make a frozen granita for a light dessert. Watermelons contain essential hydrating salts, calcium, magnesium and potassium.
  • Cabbage has tons of vitamin C and is packed with fiber. This summer vegetable is rich in natural probiotics, which help to keep the digestive system working efficiently.
  • Lettuces are about 90 percent water. I adore a spicy mix or a mesclun salad filled with a nice blend of the best lettuces and herbs of summer.
  • Tomatoes, specifically heirloom tomatoes, which have been cultivated for more than 50 years and come from some of the most dynamic plants. Growers save the top-quality seeds, which then produce incredibly colorful tomatoes of all shapes and sizes. Tomatoes ripen on the vine, so be sure to purchase those that flourish locally.
  • Raspberries, blueberries and strawberries are at their peak during the summer. These super fruits are chock full of antioxidants and vitamin C and are great for detoxing the entire body. Who doesn’t like to munch on a basket of fresh, sweet berries as a pre-meal snack?  One of my favorite ways to eat berries is for breakfast or dessert, as a parfait with a little nondairy yogurt.
  • Cherries have more antioxidants and vitamin C than almost any food on the planet. Rainier cherries are so flavorful, with their candy-like yellow flesh cut open and placed on a salad or just eaten plain.
  • Grapes are hydrating balls of goodness, known for their extremely high content of resveratrol, a substance that acts as an antioxidant and is heart-friendly. Take your pick from green, red, black and purple and revel in one of summer’s most delicious fruits.
  • Carrots – Many people don’t realize that carrots are almost all water. Summer offers some the tastiest carrots, surprisingly grown in more colors than just orange, such as yellow and green. Carrots are natural sources of beta-carotene.
Shop nature’s supermarket while these foods are still available by filling your basket with fruits and vegetables that fight premature aging and combat disease. Your body and taste buds will thank you.

Elaine Gibson shares her hard-won lessons so you too can lose weight, have more energy, create and renew optimum health.  She has been prominently featured during International Raw Food Day 2013, 12 Days of Raw Christmas, GO RAW!andIntegrated Health magazines. She is also cited as one of the 10 Most Inspirational Natural Cancer Survivors by Extreme Health Radio and part of the important Quest for the Cures documentary series.For more information visit


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