Fruits and Vegetables can Effectively Hydrate Individuals with CKD better than a Glass of Water

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A new study has found that some watery fruits and vegetables may hydrate the body twice as effectively as a glass of water, making them a refreshing snack option during the hot summer months. Because they contain hydrating salts, minerals and sugars, they work in a similar way to the isotonic drinks which many athletes favor.

Watery fruits and vegetables act like both a meal and drink which can provide the mineral salts, natural sugars, amino acids and vitamins which individuals suffering with Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) may lose. Fresh fruits with a water content of 85% or higher include: apricot, blueberry, orange, peach, pineapple, plum and raspberry. Melons such as cantaloupe and watermelon have some of the highest water content, at more than 90 percent and contain essential rehydration salts, calcium, magnesium, potassium and sodium.

Many vegetables have a water content of more than 90 percent such as celery, cucumber, iceberg lettuce, tomato and zucchini. Other nutrient-rich vegetables with high water content include broccoli, green cabbage, cauliflower, eggplant and spinach.

Eating fruits and vegetables with high water content will increase your water intake as well as your intake of beneficial nutrients and fiber. Consuming whole fruits and vegetables can help those with CKD feel fuller longer, make them less likely to snack on unhealthy foods and serve as a main component of low-fat and low-calorie meals. However, this must all be done with your allowable  fluid intake in mind. KidneyBuzz.com  suggests that you speak with your healthcare team about any modifications you have made to your diet.

Remember that to properly hydrate, you need to replace fluid loss from the body with one that is similar to the body's natural composition. That is why water-rich fruit and vegetables which contain the requisite minerals are better to consume than water alone.

References: 

"The Vegetables That Can Hydrate You More than a Glass of Water." Mail Online

"End Stage Renal Diet." LIVESTRONG.COM


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