Did you know there are other ways to hydrate besides plain water?
5 ways to hydrate:
In a recent study by The European Journal of Clinical Nutrition, Dr. Ruxton and her team from King’s College, London, found that tea is healthier for your body than plain water. Tea not only re-hydrates the body, but it also contains disease-fighting antioxidants. Because of these antioxidants, drinking tea may offer protection against heart disease, stroke and many types of cancer including: lung, mouth, breast, pancreas, colo-rectal, esophageal, bladder and skin.
Along with drinking plenty of water during the day, you can remain hydrated by eating certain fruits and vegetables that contain large amounts of water. Naturally, it’s no wonder that with a 92% water content, watermelon ranks among the top foods that contain a rich supply of water. Eating watermelon for breakfast before your morning workout will not only help to keep you hydrated but this thirst-quencher will also give you the added benefits of essential nutrients such as B vitamins, vitamins A and C as well as potassium and the antioxidant lycopene.
Chicken Noodle Soup
Mom’s flu fighting formula helps keep you hydrated with 840 mg. sodium to retain the fluid and 14 gm of carbohydrate to help you absorb it.
Popsicles are are a favorite thirst quencher for a hot summer day and they don’t just have to be just for kids. With juice bars, otter pops, and sugar free varieties, you will never run out of choices. Making your own popsicles are fun to do, and you are in control of what goes in them.
According to Nancy Clark, sports nutritionist, milk hydrates better than Gatorade. The fat in milk can delay absorption so reach for low-fat or skim milk.
What are you consuming to stay hydrated this summer?
Diana Young is a Registered Dietitian and Certified Diabetes Educator who uses a science-based approach to weight management and diabetes. Diana has helped thousands of people reach their goal weight.