Alternative Ways To Hydrate
If you are dehydrated, you may feel either tired or dizzy. Water plays an essential part in many bodily functions including: helping with digestion, regulating your body temperature and helping you to maintain healthy muscles and tissues. This goes to show how important water is if you want to stay feeling fit and well. Whilst water is a fantastic and extremely cheap way to hydrate, in this article we’ll be looking at alternative ways to hydrate.
A 2016 study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition discovered that milk, is in fact more hydrating than water, according to Time. Men’s Fitness back up this claim, stating that milk is more effective when you’re in a dehydrated state. Milk, unlike water, also has a great combination of protein and nutrients, making it the perfect post-workout drink.
If your workout sessions regularly exceed an hour in length, you may find a sports drink more effective for re-hydrating. This is because they contain a mixture of sugar and electrolytes, which can be absorbed faster by the body.
Sports drinks tend to be high in carbohydrates, whereas coconut water (the unsweetened variety) is low in carbohydrates yet still rich in potassium. This makes coconut water an excellent recovery drink after light exercise.
Smoothies are usually made up of fruits and veggies, water and/or dairy. All of these ingredients combined make for a tasty, nutritious and hydrating drink. If you’re a fan of making your own homemade smoothies or you fancy giving it a go, try to include fruits with a high water content, such as watermelon, strawberries and peaches.
Drinking freshly squeezed fruit or vegetable juice is a brilliant way to stay hydrated. If you want your juice to be less sugary, try adding water to dilute.