Most of us are well into summer time, which means most of us are also struggling with keeping ourselves hydrated in this heat. The hotter it is, the more you sweat. The more you sweat, the more water your body loses, which is a serious issue since water is the most essential nutrient our body needs. But there’s a problem – you don’t like the taste of plain water. A surprising amount of people struggle with this issue. But there’s good news. Water isn’t the only way to help your body stay hydrated. Scroll below for 5 nutritiously delicious Tips to Stay Hydrated without relying solely on water.
But before the list kicks in, please note that these suggestions are meant to supplement a less then favourable intake of plain water. They are not intended to replace the act of drinking water completely.
5 Tips to Stay Hydrated
1. Coconut water
More and more these days, people are taking advantage of all the benefits of coconuts. From healthy skin to improved digestion, people are also now aware of coconut’s hydrating benefits. Coconut water essentially provides many of the same ingredients as popular sports drinks – just with much lower carbs. Coconut water can be rich in potassium, which helps your body recover the loss of electrolyte nutrients after bouts of sweating. However, coconut oil doesn’t supply the sodium your body needs. So many experts don’t recommend coconut water alone after an intense workout. But it sounds like it’d be perfect if you’re out and about on a hot, summer day.
Popularly known for accompanying Buffalo wings in the US and other spicy foods, these little fibrous and crunchy veggies are actually 95% water! Plus, they are very low in calories. So you can snack on them with peace-of-mind knowing that you’re not only helping your body stay hydrated, you’re also indulging in some crunchy, low calorie snacking. Much like coconut water, celery can be a great source of potassium, which your body can lose during bouts of sweating.
They’re not just sweet. They’re also packed with water – 92% to be exact. Plus, strawberries are fairly nutrient-dense. So if you’re planning on spending some time out in the summer sun, it may be smart to keep some strawberries with you. Snacking on these delicious berries will not only keep you hydrated and nutritiously healthy, snapping into a cool strawberry on a hot summer day is just plain old refreshing. Be sure to keep a bowl out if you’re having a summer BBQ or a beach day with your friends.
Obviously enough, water is in the name. And for good reason – watermelon is 92% water. But what really makes this popular fruit great for hydration are its salt, calcium, magnesium, and potassium levels. These are the essential minerals that your body needs to replenish after sweating in order to avoid dehydration. That’s why most popular sports drinks will have these minerals in them. So why choose watermelon over conveniently available sports drinks? Well, watermelon is natural, which our bodies love. Plus, no summer day is complete without delicious watermelon.
So are you wondering how you can reap the benefits of multiple hydrating foods and liquids? Well, the answer is fresh smoothie. Smoothies allow us to not only combine several healthy benefits, but it’s also a great way for creating new and distinct flavour profiles. So if you really don’t like the taste of plain water, a deliciously nutritious and hydrating smoothie sounds like it’ll be perfect for you.
To your health,