This may seem like the strangest of concepts, but the fact is that if you're trying to optimise your health by drinking more water from your office water coolers, you can boost your energy and natural good looks by 'eating' water too! The trick is to increase your consumption of foods that contain naturally high levels of water. This essentially means eating lots of fruits and vegetables. Many of these are almost entirely composed of natural water, with plenty of essential vitamins, minerals, fibre and other important elements that your body craves. Fruits such as strawberries, raspberries and watermelon can be blended to make fresh smoothies. Juicing vegetables and fruits is also popular at the moment, but you should add water from a mains-fed water cooler so that the sugars don't damage your teeth (even fruit sugars can eat away at enamel, as they are naturally acidic). Apple, carrot, ginger and spinach can be juiced to provide a tasty, nutrient-packed mid-morning pick-me-up. Cucumber, lettuce, tomatoes and celery are equally high in water and nutrients. Try blitzing them into a traditional Spanish gazpacho, which is perfect for warm evenings. Salads are great at lunchtime and you can add plenty of healthy additions such as nuts, sprouted seeds, cheese, tofu, hard-boiled eggs, chickpeas and other toppings. Fruit salads make a far better snack than sugary or refined carbohydrates and provide a colourful anti-oxidant punch along with their excellent hydration properties. Don't forget your follow-up herbal or green tea. Following the above tips, you'll soon reach optimum hydration. When you start to feel more energetic, your skin glows and your eyes clear, your niggling aches and pains start to lessen and tension headaches become less regular. Dehydration is the cause of many minor ailments, so act now to enjoy a healthier lifestyle.
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