Fluids are vital for your body’s health; hydration is important for keeping muscles healthy, maintaining focus and concentration, and battling tiredness. You’ve already heard the drill about misreading thirstiness as hunger pangs. If you’re undertaking an intense fitness workout, then it’s doubly important to dose up on fluids to ensure that your body doesn’t become dehydrated. But if you’re not a fan of plain old water, then what’s the answer? These better tasting alternatives will keep you well watered.
Many of us have been put off the idea of drinking tea for hydration, convinced that its caffeine content gives it diuretic qualities. But while the verdict is out – some experts disagree that caffeine contributes to fluid loss – what is crystal clear is that tea in its myriad forms is a far milder diuretic than coffee. Given that it is by and large a cup of hot water, tea’s hydration benefits outweigh any potential risk of dehydration. For the ultimate hydration boost, opt for non-caffeinated herbal teas like peppermint, rooibos and fruit teas. But even if you opt for good old-fashioned black tea, take heart from the fact that it is loaded with antioxidants to boost endurance, battle free radicals and potentially help with weight loss.
We love coconut water. There aren’t many fruits that take you somewhere tropical in quite the way fresh coconut water does, and nor are there many fruits that deliver quite the nutritional punch that it does. Coconut water is packed with electrolytes, potassium and other useful minerals that your body needs and can’t create itself. All this means that, while water can simply hydrate you, coconut goes further and replenishes all the nutrients you sweat out during that full-on workout. As an extra bonus, it’s a great hangover cure for the same reason.
Whether you opt for lemons, oranges, grapefruits or limes, zingy citrus fruits are bursting with vitamin C, which is needed to keep your body’s connective tissue healthy and ensure inside-out vitality in your bones and skin. Citrus fruits are also known to help in the fight against stress – so whether you go for pure orange juice (watch out for the sugar content if you’re drinking lots of it) or just a squeeze of lemon or lime to switch up a glass of water, citrus is one group of fruits you can count on to keep you hydrated.
Remember that old wives’ tale about drinking chicken soup when you’re feeling under the weather? Well, it turns out that it’s not limited to chicken – the liquid nature of broth makes it much easier for us to digest the vitamins and minerals inside. As a result, much like coconut water, you’ll not only rehydrate your body on the most basic level, but you’ll also help it to replenish those vital nutritional substances it loses on a day-to-day basis. It’s the perfect excuse to curl up with a piping hot bowl of your favorite, most comforting soup.
There are plenty of ways to ensure you fight dehydration without being stuck with a boring bottle of water as your only option. If you need more help devising a diet plan, contact us.