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After an intense workout sesh or a hot yoga class, our bodies lose vital minerals and electrolytes. We’ve all heard that you need to replenish and replace those vital minerals and electrolytes as soon as possible. whether it’s during your workout or right after. Honestly, for me, I can’t eat or drink anything while I work out because I feel nauseous. So usually I will drink any hydration or electrolyte replenisher after I workout. I do sometimes drink a pre-workout but usually, I forgo any liquids until after I’m done my workout sesh.
Today I am going to dive into what drinks give the best hydration and electrolytes replenishment just in case if you are sick of just drinking plain water. Also, water makes the list.
This one is simple. Water is the BEST liquid to replenish electrolytes and hydrate you at the same time.
Because it’s so much thicker than water, you might think that it makes you feel more dehydrated, but this is not the case. Milk may hydrate even better than water sometimes. And it has calcium and vitamin D. As an added bonus, milk contains protein to keep you fueled on even the hottest of days, another thing water can’t do. Milk: it’s not just for kids. (We’re talking about plain old unsweetened milk.)
If it’s hard for you to drink plain water all day, infusing your water with fruit is a healthy way to add flavor without adding sugar. My favorite combinations? Try adding lime and basil, lemon with raspberry, or cucumber with mint.
Fruit juice contains about 85 percent water content, which makes it super hydrating. Make sure you’re picking 100 percent fruit juice. The vitamins within natural fruits are also healthy. Be mindful of the sugar content, though, as juices can be packed with added sugars, which can inhibit hydration. If you’re drinking a lot of fruit juice, water it down.
And for a special treat, why not freeze juice pops? Cool and hydrating! Here’s one made with cantaloupe and not much sugar.
Okay, so this isn’t a drink… but every time you eat watermelon, you’re retaining 92 percent of the liquid you’re eating. That’s better than fruit juice!
Commercials and advertisements rave about the hydrating power of sports drinks, which made us suspicious…but they’re actually onto something. The electrolytes (a fancy word for salts) in sports drinks can make hydration more effective. (Not to be too gross, but you know how sweat’s kinda salty? You want to add that back into your body.) They also taste more flavorful than water, so they’re easier to drink quickly for those who force themselves to hydrate or who need quick hydration, like athletes. Again, watch the sugar and carb content, especially if you’re not working out. Unless you’re running a marathon, one is probably enough.
Caffeine-free and herbal teas are great, especially if it’s just an infusion of leaves in hot water. It doesn’t matter whether it’s herbal, black, green, or chamomile; hot or cold—tea is just about as hydrating as water. Tea is also packed with antioxidants. While the best option might be to avoid caffeine in general (it’s a diuretic, meaning it dehydrates!), drinking even regular tea in moderation will help you get to that daily 8 “glasses.”
This trendy beverage boasts 95 percent water content, which is better than fruit juice. It’s also typically healthier than juices and sports drinks when it comes to sugar content and added ingredients, but be sure to check the label!
Milk alternatives like soy, coconut, and almond
The studies that found milk to be hydrating didn’t test these other “milks,” but the Cleveland Clinic recommended the unsweetened ones for kids as a way to keep hydrated in summer. So they’re a safe bet for adults.
The good news? You’re not always drinking to hydrate: sometimes you’re just enjoying a beverage with a snack, or a drink with dinner. As always, moderation is the best approach.