The basics of hydration seem simple enough: drink a lot of liquids. However, it seems there's still general confusion when it comes to what exactly to hydrate with. This summer has seen particularly high levels of heat around North America which amplifies the risk for heat stroke. Even my friends and I who drink copious amounts of water throughout the day have found ourselves struggling to evade heat-induced nausea and lethargy.
The Basics of Proper Hydration
This brings me to this week's prolific question: are you doing hydration wrong? When it comes to hydrating the body, we need pure water to reap the benefits. Things like juice, iced tea, coffee, or even plain soda water do not count when it comes to getting your necessary intake. Individual water needs vary based on height and weight, etc, but whatever amount is right for you needs to come from pure sources only. Things you drink aside from water may even work to dehydrate you (examples include caffeine or soda water) and should always be balanced with drinking a cup of plain water afterwards.
How to Make Drinking Water More Enjoyable
There are ways to make water fun! My mission in life is to make the mundane memorable. This means making regular daily tasks (such as drinking water!) far from boring and something we can look forward too. Here are some of my favourite ways to up the ante on your average cup of H20. So from now on there's no excuse to be dehydrated and all the more reason to feed your body with what it needs.
While juice itself doesn't count towards your daily water intake, adding some to a cup of water certainly does! There's no easier way to get a highly concentrated boost of antioxidants than with this 100% pure bottle of blueberries. Each bottle contains 800-900 wild blueberries giving it a very dense volume of antioxidants, while being extremely low in sugar. Adding some to your water not only makes a plain cup of water way more delicious, but helps protect against oxidative stress, while boosting skin health! A general win-win in every regard, yes?
This product plays double-duty, providing energy (sans caffeine crash) and a massive dose of vitamins. Not only a tangy, wildly refreshing start your day (or as an afternoon perk-me-up), this is packed with B vitamins, Potassium, and Vitamins C, A, E and zinc for immune support. It also helps to keep electrolytes in balance, which is essential for hot days where dehydration is an imminent risk. It's also a great option for anyone exercising is in the extreme heat and is a optimal alternative to sugar-filled sports drinks.
Drinking beetroot juice may seem like a mildly scary idea, but I promise it's worth it. Contrary to what you might think, it's actually got a slightly sweet taste to it, making it an ideal alternative to sweetened beverages. Again, on it's own juice doesn't constitute as pure hydration, but adding a 1/2 cup or so to your cup of water is the perfect compromise. Sourced from freshly harvested organic beetroots, the juice is high in betacyanin which is a phyto-nutrient essential for strengthening the body's natural defenses and maintaining cell function. Studies indicate beetroot juice may help reduce blood pressure, while increasing stamina and defend against Dementia. This juice is 100% natural and an excellent source of Folic Acid and magnesium with zero added sugar or sodium.