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Healthy Food Lover's Newsletter, Issue #31 - Rehydrate with Foods (Oneness Raw)
April 30, 2015
Hello Healthy Food Lovers,

Rehydrate with Foods (Oneness Raw)

In theory, a healthy body will have a water content of about 70% and "rehydrating" foods found on raw food diets like the Oneness Raw Diet will be approximately 70% water.

Most foods will have some amount of water in them, but raw foods are superior for many reasons. And if there ever was a "true" case for eating your fruits and vegetables - it would be that they contain the highest water content of any food.

It's important to avoid dehydration as your body performs much better when it is properly hydrated.

And water that is contained in raw foods will help to rehydrate your cells much more efficiently than drinking 8 glasses of water each day.

In fact, drinking 8 glasses of water each day will probably over-hydrate your body. Oddly, over-hydration and dehydration will have similar symptoms.

Symptoms of Dehydration & Over-Hydration

  • Nausea & Vomiting
  • Headaches
  • Fatigue & Confusion
  • Dry Mouth
  • Excessive Thirst
  • Loss of Appetite
  • Low Blood Pressure
  • Cold Hands & Feet
  • Muscle Cramps
  • Muscle Weakness
  • Constipation
  • Irritability
  • Chest Pain

Water Intoxication

Contrary to popular belief, drinking a lot of water doesn't really hydrate you - it over-hydrates you!

Water intoxication which is the rapid intake of too much water will flood the inside of your cells. This will rupture your cell walls from the water pressure and lead to feelings of disorientation.

Drinking too much water can also lead to decreased metabolism and insomnia. It will also lead to clear colored urine which is a sign that you are over-hydrated.

Over-hydration means that you have an imbalance of your electrolytes to water ratio and have just diluted your extracellular fluids.

Drinking large amounts of water can do many undesirable things to your body as water is a very powerful solvent and will leech nutrients from your blood and intestines. Water will also dilute your digestive juices.

And water itself won't really hydrate your tissues. In fact, water can dry out your cells which is similar to what can cause dehydration.

Can Cause Dehydration......

  • Diuretics - Alcohol, Caffeine, Sodas, Certain Medications, Recreational Drugs
  • Foods High in Sodium or Salt
  • Foods High in Fiber
  • Foods High in Sugar
  • Extreme Low Carb Diets
  • Eating Too Much Cooked, Over-Processed or "Dry" Foods
  • Food Additives & Preservatives
  • Herbicides & Pesticides
  • Obesity
  • Excessive Sweating or Exercising
  • Excessive Urination
  • Diabetes
  • Excessive Vomiting
  • High Fevers
  • Excessive Diarrhea

Raw Food is More Hydrating

If you just drink water to rehydrate your body - especially tap or distilled water - it will only be about 10% utilizable to your body.

However, water that comes from raw whole foods will be utilized by a much greater percentage. Water that is nutrient bound in food is probably the best way to properly replace lost fluids.

You see the water inside of raw whole foods contain naturally balanced minerals that help to structure water for easier assimilation.

And "rehydrating" foods that come with active ions, electrolytes, and minerals bound to other nutrients will make water absorption much more effective.

Also, raw food is the only "rehydrating" food we can digest thoroughly - without carcinogenic substances that are produced by cooking your foods.

On average, an adult's body will be around 55 to 60% water - you were born with approximately 75% water.

The more fat in a person's body, the less water it will contain - obese people will have as little as 45% water.

Low Water Foods

Oils and Fats: Almond Oil, Avocado Oil, Canola Oil, Cottonseed Oil, Corn Oil, Coconut Oil, Flax Seed Oil, Grape Seed Oil, Olive Oil, Palm Oil, Safflower Oil, Soybean Oil, Sunflower Oil, Cocoa Butter (0% water)

Nuts and Seeds: Almonds & Almond Butter, Brazil Nuts, Hazelnuts, Macadamia Nuts, Pecans, Pistachio, Walnuts, Chia Seeds, Flax Seeds, Sunflower Seeds, Sesame Seeds & Tahini (Approx. 2 to 7% water)

Legumes: Cashews & Cashew Butter, Peanuts & Peanut Butter (1 to 6% water)

Animal Foods: Beef Jerky (Approx. 23% water), Butter (Approx. 16%), Butter Oil or Ghee (.24%), Lard (0%)

Vegetables: Dried Mushrooms (Approx. 7% water), Freeze Dried Vegetables (Approx. 2%)

Fruits: Dates (21%)

Grains or Pseudo Grains: Uncooked Grains (Average is 8 to 13% water), Dry Cereals (Approx. 3%)

Misc: Candy, Cookies & Crackers, Chocolates, Cacao or Cocoa Powder, Dehydrated Foods or Dried Foods, Dried Herbs, Honey, Potato Chips, Protein Powders, Salts, Sugars

"Raw" High Water Foods

Animal Foods: Raw Meats, Raw Whole Eggs, Raw Milks, Raw Cream, Raw Soft Goat Cheese (Approx. 60 to 85% water)

Seafood: Raw Fish, Raw Seafood (Average over 70% water)

Fresh Vegetables: Broccoli, Cabbage, Carrots, Cauliflower, Celery, Eggplant, Green Peas, Lettuces, Radish, Spinach, White Potatoes (These vegetables have a water content of 79 to 96%)

Fresh Fruits: Apples, Apricots, Avocado, Bananas, Bell Peppers, Blueberries, Cantaloupe, Cherries, Cucumber, Grapefruit, Oranges, Peaches, Pears, Pineapple, Plums, Raspberry, Strawberry, Tomato, Watermelon, Zucchini (These fruits have a water content of 73 to 96%)

Misc: Raw Coconut Water, Fresh Herbs, Fresh Raw Juices

The Electrolyte Balance

Most of us are on a vicious cycle of consuming too many cooked foods or salty foods and then having to drink a lot of water to quench our thirst. This will put your body in a constant state of "imbalance".

You must have the appropriate water and electrolyte balance for the optimal functioning of your body.

Drinking large amounts of water can do many undesirable things to your body like lowering important electrolytes such as sodium and potassium.

Sodium works by pushing water into your cells while potassium does the job of pushing wastes out of your cells.

The correct balance of these two electrolytes must be kept in order to prevent dehydration.

On the flip side, the effects of consuming too much sodium include increasing the volume of your blood and blood pressure as sodium attracts water. It is also a common cause of potassium deficiency.

High sodium diets can make your heart work harder and can damage your blood vessels as well as your organs.

It's a much better idea to get the majority of your electrolytes and water from raw foods to stay more balanced.

Oneness Raw Recipe - Fresh Raw Juice

Drinking raw fruit and vegetable juice is a great way to replenish important electrolytes as well as needed water.

And when you juice fruits and vegetables they will digest effortlessly because there won't be any fiber in the way.

Also, there will be no fiber to block important minerals from entering into your system, so it's kind of like the perfect mineral supplement.

All you need is a decent juicer and the discipline to juice which is a heck of a lot easier than trying to eat a whole basket of vegetation!

Easy Juice Recipe

  • 1 Bunch Celery
  • 1 Cucumber or Zucchini
  • 2 Carrots (peeled)
  • 1 Bunch of Cilantro (cut off stems)
  • 1/2 a Lemon (juice)

Make sure you buy organic and rinse all produce. Cut up fruits and vegetables so they fit into your juicer feed.

After juicing celery, cucumber or zucchini, carrots, and cilantro - pour in the lemon juice (do not put lemon thru juicer - too bitter).

This recipe will make enough for 2 to 3 servings. If you have a really good juicer like the Green Star Juicer for example - your juice will keep in the refrigerator for a few days.

This is my go to recipe for now, but feel free to juice whatever appeals to your needs.

To a "Properly" Rehydrated You,

Kathryn

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