6 Drinks To Keep You Hydrated This Summer
Contributing Editor: Vivian Nweze
During the summer time temperatures rise and your body’s hydration can drop, if you aren’t careful! Whether you are outside running for miles or playing on the beach with family and friends, you are going to be sweating more than you do in other seasons.
To help keep your body balanced and functioning all summer long you need to drink fluids that restore everything your body releases. Water is the most essential drink to hydrate yourself, but there are other variations and options you can sip on when you need a refreshing cup of fuel to stay cool.
Water is the most important liquid you can consume for your overall health. Our body composition is 60% water and our brains are 73% water. To think clearly you need to stay hydrated! Being dehydrated affects your focus, energy level overall, and your entire mood. However, if you tend to guzzle large amounts of water at a time , you should slow down! Your kidneys will process the water much faster, causing you to urinate and lose some of the hydration right after you got it.
Infused Water is a healthy way of adding flavor without adding sugar. Some yummy fruits and veggies that you can add include lemons, limes, strawberries, and cucumbers. Pair them with a herb like mint to aid digestion, They help flush out toxins from your body. Add your desired fruits, herbs, or spices and fill up your jug with water and let it sit for awhile before consuming.
Chia Water is made by literally soaking chia seeds in water. The tiny seeds absorb water up to 12 times more than their weight, making them hydrophilic nutrient powerhouses! When you drink chia seeds they slowly release water in your bloodstream, which keeps you hydrated for a longer period of time.
Coconut Water, as long as it’s not in a can/bottle/box packed with added sugar, is also a master hydrator.
It is 95%water and has a high electrolyte content. It’s also low in sodium and rich in potassium. Drinks with electrolytes help your body absorb the fluids you consume and are quickly lost when you sweat. You definitely want to replenish your body with electrolytes after working out or spending time in the sun. Try pouring coconut water into ice trays and plopping them in to your drinks for a flavorful boost.
Caffeine Free Herbal Teas are good forms of hydration when drunk as is. Other teas or coffee that have caffeine are diuretics, which dehydrates your body. Regular herbal tea leaves in water are equally as hydrating as plain water.
Beachbody Hydrate: When you’re not properly hydrated during workouts, you can experience a drop in power andperformance. And even mild dehydration can cause a dramatic reduction in exercise performance and tolerance. regular sports drinks are packed with too much sugar and artificial ingredients that can actually dehydrate you and cause gastrointestinal distress. Hydrate was created with an ideal ratio of carbohydrates, electrolytes, and water to maximize absorption and rapidly deliver the hydration your body desperately needs. It’s specifically formulated to replenish sweat losses and improve exercise effectiveness, endurance, and recovery.* To purchase go to my SHOP page.
Let us know what other drinks help you stay cool in the summer by tagging @AutumnCalabrese #TeamAC!