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Can humans get enough water from eating raw vegetables?

Answered on September 12, 2014
Created May 04, 2013 at 2:19 PM

Recently i've been eating a lot of raw vegetables during the day and i've found my drinking water needs have gone considerably down, im starting to feel like vegetables & fruits apart from the obvious vitamins etc also act as natural water filtration systems, so when eating them your also getting fresh water, i know some animals (mostly in desert situations) get all of their water needs met by food, is this possible in a human aswell?

It seems like a paleo question to me as fresh water in nature can often be contaminated & need boiling etc, this wouldn't always be available, and for a being that needs fresh water so often raw fruits & vegetables could have been important sources

Could it even be possible that getting most of your hydration from your food hydrates you more than drinking straight water? Straight water seems to mostly goes right through, so how hydrated can it really be making me?

I do like cold refreshing water during/after a hot sweaty workout, or a small glass in the morning, small sips throughout the day... but i think its worth considering how fruits & veggies would've been actively sought out as good sources of hydration in a primal/paleo diet

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on May 05, 2013
at 11:10 PM

*paleo.........

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on May 05, 2013
at 11:10 PM

Woah, woah....hold up! I am 100% a pale advocate. That's the only thing I agree with.No need to drink when your not thirsty. Other than that the "even though this woman weights 60 more pounds, her hormones are now in line" b.s.

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on May 05, 2013
at 10:11 PM

There are lots of "ancestral" ways that natural fresh water could be contaminated, often with parasites or bacteria from infected animals. But you're right that the phenomenon of untreated water almost always being unsafe is related to population-dense human settlements and their penchant for using their water sources as sewers.

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on May 05, 2013
at 02:10 PM

Matt Stone is a broken clock. He may be right twice a day, but that doesn't mean he's right the other 23 hours 59 minutes, and 58 seconds of each day. Find someone else to get your advice from.

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on May 05, 2013
at 10:47 AM

My point is that maybe consuming the majority of your water from fruits/veggies is a healthier & more natural method of hydration than drinking water straight. Maybe i should have been clearer rather than just asking ifit is possible.

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on May 05, 2013
at 10:44 AM

I've been eating a lot of watery veggies, cucumber, courgettes, asparagus, the inside of thick brocoli stems is really nice & refreshing aswell, im boderline diabetic so only have sweet stuff/fruit when i feel i can handle it, if so i go for sweet peppers, pineapple etc... i also think its beneficial to consume the whole fruit & not discard the pulp like in juicing, not sure of the science but i reckon consuming it whole helps you retain the water rather than pee it out, anytime i drink a glass of water i can bet i'll be seeing that glass later on in the day ;)

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on May 05, 2013
at 05:42 AM

I use Brita filters because I don't like my water to taste of chlorine.

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on May 05, 2013
at 12:09 AM

your approach sounds sensible; OP's triggered my comment - trying to never drink water, and only derive hydration from fruits and veggies... what's the point?

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on May 04, 2013
at 04:06 PM

Is it against drinking water or against forced drinking of water? Mainstream sources are pushing drinking tons of water, diet sites regularly suggest filling up on water instead of nutritious food, Brita filters are flying off the shelves. I do think the water as a replacement for food as practiced by many mainstream dieters is a bad idea, losing not just calories, but important nutrients. I drink some water with my meals, some water with thirst arises, often filtered because the tap here is vile. It's one of those things that I do think "listening to your body" is a good thing to do.

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on May 04, 2013
at 05:18 PM

this is a really nice question. i actally believe we COULD go without just by eating a fine amount of veggies and fruit. i don't really like drinking water and when i do, it's mostly a glass per day just so i feel i did what i should do. sometimes i don't drink anything at all. i don't know if this is healthy, but i just don't feel like i need to, mostly i force myself to. since ever.

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on May 06, 2013
at 02:09 AM

sure but the most important thing to me is that your body will tell you when you are in need.

just drink water when you're thirsty.

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2a00b9a42e4cb6e489a0e69d20714576

on May 05, 2013
at 01:56 PM

If your not thirsty, don't drink. Matt stone does have a point there.

2a00b9a42e4cb6e489a0e69d20714576

(3043)

on May 05, 2013
at 11:10 PM

*paleo.........

2a00b9a42e4cb6e489a0e69d20714576

(3043)

on May 05, 2013
at 11:10 PM

Woah, woah....hold up! I am 100% a pale advocate. That's the only thing I agree with.No need to drink when your not thirsty. Other than that the "even though this woman weights 60 more pounds, her hormones are now in line" b.s.

96440612cf0fcf366bf5ad8f776fca84

(19413)

on May 05, 2013
at 02:10 PM

Matt Stone is a broken clock. He may be right twice a day, but that doesn't mean he's right the other 23 hours 59 minutes, and 58 seconds of each day. Find someone else to get your advice from.

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on May 05, 2013
at 03:36 AM

One could simply make veggie juice and toss out solids (as proof of concept). Tomatoes come to mind as especially watery (if not excluded as a fruit), but also spongy greens such as bok choy, napa cabbage and spinach.

De1095b2ba29c1035f00428cbfe3cc7c

(777)

on May 05, 2013
at 10:44 AM

I've been eating a lot of watery veggies, cucumber, courgettes, asparagus, the inside of thick brocoli stems is really nice & refreshing aswell, im boderline diabetic so only have sweet stuff/fruit when i feel i can handle it, if so i go for sweet peppers, pineapple etc... i also think its beneficial to consume the whole fruit & not discard the pulp like in juicing, not sure of the science but i reckon consuming it whole helps you retain the water rather than pee it out, anytime i drink a glass of water i can bet i'll be seeing that glass later on in the day ;)

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Ee6932fe54ad68039a8d5f7a8caa0468

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on May 04, 2013
at 03:34 PM

fresh water wasn't always contaminated! that's a very new phenomenon.

there seems to be a current in the ancestral health community against regularly drinking water. there's talk of needs, and necessity. what about the fact that sometimes it's really nice - pleasurable - to drink a glass of water? i like water, i like drinking it, and don't plan on experimenting with whether we can derive all that we "need" (for what? just to stay alive?) from raw fruits and vegetables, though i suspect we cannot.

32f5749fa6cf7adbeb0b0b031ba82b46

(41757)

on May 04, 2013
at 04:06 PM

Is it against drinking water or against forced drinking of water? Mainstream sources are pushing drinking tons of water, diet sites regularly suggest filling up on water instead of nutritious food, Brita filters are flying off the shelves. I do think the water as a replacement for food as practiced by many mainstream dieters is a bad idea, losing not just calories, but important nutrients. I drink some water with my meals, some water with thirst arises, often filtered because the tap here is vile. It's one of those things that I do think "listening to your body" is a good thing to do.

Ee6932fe54ad68039a8d5f7a8caa0468

(2668)

on May 05, 2013
at 12:09 AM

your approach sounds sensible; OP's triggered my comment - trying to never drink water, and only derive hydration from fruits and veggies... what's the point?

1d0497f8781845ab371b479455bfee8e

(11157)

on May 05, 2013
at 05:42 AM

I use Brita filters because I don't like my water to taste of chlorine.

De1095b2ba29c1035f00428cbfe3cc7c

(777)

on May 05, 2013
at 10:47 AM

My point is that maybe consuming the majority of your water from fruits/veggies is a healthier & more natural method of hydration than drinking water straight. Maybe i should have been clearer rather than just asking ifit is possible.

72cf727474b8bf815fdc505e58cadfea

on May 05, 2013
at 10:11 PM

There are lots of "ancestral" ways that natural fresh water could be contaminated, often with parasites or bacteria from infected animals. But you're right that the phenomenon of untreated water almost always being unsafe is related to population-dense human settlements and their penchant for using their water sources as sewers.

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72cf727474b8bf815fdc505e58cadfea

on May 05, 2013
at 10:09 PM

I'm sure it's possible; the feasibility of it depends partly on how much water you want to consume (as well as your sodium intake, macronutrients, and other variables). If you use cronometer, you can see the water content of your food and experiment with what it would take to get up to your desired daily water intake.

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on May 05, 2013
at 02:14 PM

Most carnivores don't need to drink water, they get their water from their prey. Why would humans be any different, whether with meat, fruit, or veggies? Most foods in nature contain high levels of water, with the exception of nuts, perhaps.

Doesn't mean we don't need any sources of water, but certainly we'd need less if we consume water rich foods. Certainly means that if we eat preserved foods like jerky, pemmican, etc. we'd need more water.

As long as you're free of addictions and don't consume crap in a box/bag/bottle, thirst is going to be fairly accurate.

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