Best Foods And Drinks For Natural Hydration
The basic approach for staying hydrated is incredibly obvious and simple: Drink water, and lots of it. Since H20 is highly accessible and devoid of sugar or calories, you can basically consume as much as you want, and your body will thank you for it.
But there are other foods and drinks that can provide an even more potent hydration boost. Today we will take a look at five natural (see: non-sports drink) items that should be in your arsenal if you're working out, recovering from a hangover or sweating on a hot day.
This is the pinnacle of hydrating liquids. Multiple studies have shown that coconut water replenishes lost fluids better than water or sports drinks. Pure coconut water contains naturally infused nutrients and electrolytes such as sodium, magnesium, calcium and potassium, plus natural carbs from sugars to provide energy. Some people don't particularly care for the taste, which can be an obstacle because you'll want to drink a sizable amount to receive benefits.
If you've ever bitten into a cucumber, you know that this green plant is loaded with with water -- in fact, its H20 content is above 95 percent, highest of any solid food! A single cucumber can deliver twice the hydration of a glass of water, and its fiber and minerals will help your body put that hydration to use.
I mean, this fruit has "water" in the name, and that's a pretty good sign that it will help hydrate you. A juicy watermelon is more than 90 percent water, and contains a powerful array of sodium, calcium, magnesium and potassium for maximized absorption. Just watch out for the seeds!
Let's face it, watermelons are a bit of a pain to prepare, and there aren't many people who will sit down and eat a cucumber like it's a banana. As far as convenient fruits that you can eat while on the go, the apple might be your best hydration choice. Like with cukes, the flesh of an apple is loaded with water and healthy fibers. An apple a day keeps the doctor away -- and your thirst at bay.
Circling back to liquids with potent hydration qualities. There's a popular belief that tea is not a good choice due to its caffeine content, but studies have shown that it offers the same hydrating effects as water, with additional antioxidant benefits. Plus, it is generally considered to be more tasty and refreshing than a plain glass of water.