You know the saying, ‘You are what you eat’. Well, my new saying is ‘Eat what you are’. Our bodies are made up of predominantly water and the following indicates exactly how this is so:
• Saliva is 95 percent water
• Blood is 90 percent water
• Bone is 22 percent water
• Lean muscle tissue is 75 percent water
• Lymph is 94 percent water
• Lungs and brain are 80 percent water
As the body is largely made up of water, it is only obvious that it needs water to help keep it healthy and functioning properly. This is not just about drinking the minimum 8–10 cups of water each day, it’s about eating foods that are naturally full of water such as fresh fruit and vegetables. They give your body the water it needs to help keep all your tissues hydrated and moist which is imperative in creating and maintaining your health. So, first, all the nutrients and vitamins found in fresh fruit and vegetables are transported to the intestines by the water in those fruit and vegetables, where they are absorbed and used by the body.
Secondly, that same water that brought the nutrients in also carries the toxic wastes away from the body. As well as that, most fresh fruit and vegetables are alkaline foods, which help your body achieve and maintain an alkaline pH (7.35).
A few simple suggestions:
• Instead of potato with your lunch (chips, etc), have carrot sticks or cucumber and celery slices.
• If you are still hungry at the end of a meal, have seconds of tossed green salad instead of anything else.
• Make sure you serve a tray of raw veggies at all parties.
• If the children are hungry after school, give them fresh fruit instead of cookies, crisps or chips.
• Add chopped celery, cucumbers, onions and peppers to tuna or egg salad.
• Take veggie dippers (cut carrots, cucumbers, cherry tomatoes, broccoli, cauliflower, celery, radishes, peppers, courgettes) to work to nibble on instead of bending to the vending machine.