5 Best Drinks for Hydration: Fitness Friday

It’s so warm this summer, so if you are exercising or just in the heat, keep hydrated and drink up. Here are some of the best drinks for hydration that seem to work for me. Also, see my recipe for Blueberry Spritzer for something a little different.

1. Coconut Water: Coconut and coconut water is so popular these days. I love the idea of coconut water as a natural electrolyte source. This category has grown from one product to many and from plain to fruit-flavored. Drink them as they are, mix them into your favorite smoothies or even add them to popsicle recipes.

2. Fresh Fruits and Vegetables: You probably haven’t thought about the water content of fresh produce, but there is a hydration benefit that comes from consuming fruits and vegetables throughout the day. Consider cucumber, watermelon and even iceberg lettuce for their high water content. While these foods shouldn’t replace your other fluids, making them part of your meals and snacks is a good idea.

3. 100% Fruit Juice: 100% fruit juice is a good alternative to artificially sweetened drinks. However, too much juice throughout the day can add up to too many calories in your diet. Combine one or two ounces of juice mixed with seltzer or sparkling water for a refreshing way to hydrate.

4. Iced Coffee or Tea: Good news for those who drink caffeinated drinks. Caffeine is not dehydrating like it was once believed to be, as long as you don’t overdo it.  Of course, what you put into iced coffee or tea greatly affects the nutritional quality of the drink. Aim for non-fat milk and hold off on the sugar.

5. Water: Water is still the best drink choice. I try to drink a liter of water after my workouts before consuming my morning coffee. Remember to drink water throughout the day, and you are sure to stay well hydrated.

 

 

Thanks to www.guidingstars.com for sharing some of this information. All other advice is from me.

Coconut Water: Superstar Fitness Drink?

Is Coconut Water the new “Power Superstar” fitness water? There has been a lot of buzz about the health benefits of coconut water with mixed research. E Online wrote an article last year entitled, “Why is Every Celebrity drinking Coconut water?” Coconut water is the juice found in young, green coconuts. Unlike coconut milk, which has fat, coconut water is about 95% water, low in carbohydrates and sugar and has no fat. It is a great way to hydrate without calories, and it contains electrolytes, sodium, potassium, magnesium, calcium and phosphate as well as small amounts of many essential amino acids. In the book “Coconut Water for Health and Healing“, Bruce Fife states that coconut water is a nutritional powerhouse with remarkable healing powers such as in dissolving kidney stones, enhancing the immune function, reducing of swelling in hands and feet, aiding in athletic performance and others. When comparing Gatorade with the Zico brand of coconut water, here are the differences, per ounce:

Gatorade: 6.25 calories, 1.75 grams sugar, 3.75 mg potassium, 13.75 mg sodium

Zico: 5.45 calories, 1.3 grams sugar, 61 mg potassium, 5.45 mg sodium

Coconut Water has been called “nature’s” sports drink, and my opinion is that if you’re looking for something new and different, give it a try. Also it’s a lower sugar option for kids who drink a lot of sports drinks. The downside is that it tends to be a little bit more expensive. Let me know if you have tried it and what your thoughts are.