Now that summer has officially arrived, it’s more important than ever to stay hydrated. According to Healthline, if your body water percentage is too low it can lead to fatigue, headaches, skin problems, muscle cramps, low blood pressure, and a rapid heart rate. No wonder folks say you should drink several cups of water per day!
However, did you know that you can fill up your hydration requirements – not just from glasses of water – but also from the foods on your plate? Here are the best vegetables to consume to increase your daily water intake!
With a water content of 98%, lettuce has a bunch of properties to promote your health. A cup of lettuce will give you 5% of your needed folate intake, 1 gram of fiber, and ¼ cup of water. Lettuce is a great food that you should eat more of because it has a low-calorie count. Moreover, lettuce is high in vitamin K, and A. Both of these vitamins are known to keep your bones and immune system healthy. Also, the fiber provided by lettuce has many benefits including normalizing bowel movements, lowering cholesterol levels, and controlling blood sugar levels.
My husband’s family is BIG on getting together! Everyone gathers often at the family home, in the “party room”, as they call it (which is an old workshop transformed into a huge eating room with an attached screen porch and a full kitchen!) There are normally about 50 of us out there for any given event, and one of the favorite dishes of all is always the Overnight Salad.
I first had the Overnight Salad a few years ago when I attended the first dinner with my husband (before we were even married) and I LOVED it! Number one, it was gluten-free, which is how I must eat, and number two, it was GOOD!
Over the next couple of years, I helped prepare the Overnight Salad on several occasions, and my hubby’s aunt finally gave me the recipe. She’s not exactly sure where it came from, but one thing’s for sure – she can make it in her sleep now, and I’m well on my way, too!
Well, I finally got my Fall garden planted, y’all! (I had to stop and put up a fence around it, due to the fact that a certain small white dog who just happens to live at my house was continually DIGGING EVERYTHING UP.) I’ve bested her, though! (For now…I think.)
Anyways, I’ve got carrots, spinach, strawberries, cauliflower, kohlrabi, beets and cabbage growing! (And a little experiment with some red potatoes…we’ll see how that turns out.)
In the midst of prepping and planting, I was remembering how much I enjoy gardening. Life has thrown me some pretty stressful curve balls of late, and there’s something about getting on your hands and knees and moving soil around that really rivals a session with a therapist! (It tends to be cheaper, too!)
So when Amber from Digital Creative contacted me to see if I’d like to publish a post on gardening…well…of course I would! Here are some reasons WHY everyone SHOULD garden!
Working in the backyard is not a one-dimensional activity. It has many advantages you might never think of that can affect your moods, food rations and even savings! Don’t believe me? Bellow, you will find five great reasons why working in the garden works flawlessly in many different ways, and really is for everyone! Maybe it will make you want to start a garden or expand your already-owned one! It’s time to enjoy it and get a lot more benefits from it than you could originally think of!