Did you know that there are dehydrating drinks? Yes, that’s right! It may have crossed your mind that when drinking any liquid you are getting yourself hydrated when in fact, you may be doing just the opposite. Drinks associated with dehydration are: coffee, tea, soda, and alcohol. Alcohol is a diuretic, which means it removes water from the body. Coffee and soda are considered mild diuretics, but remember, they still have dehydrating effects on the body.
What we all need to do is hydrate our body because when we seat, water is not the only element our body is losing. Because human sweat contains many different metabolites, we also lose amino acids, sodium, and other elements. Some of these are important for the body to keep.
Water alone will rehydrate your body if drank in an appropriate amount to replenish what was lost, however, to give you more options, there are hydrating drinks besides water. So, let’s check them out:
- Coconut Water
Coconut water is so amazing, it needs to be at the top of the best hydrating drink list for sure. It is low in calories and rich in potassium and is known to have better hydrating qualities than plain water. By nature, it is also energizing which makes it a healthy substitute to sports or energy drinks which may have no sugar but contain other harmful ingredients in them.
- Lemon Water or Nimbu Pani
Nimbu Pani is a thirst quencher made from freshly squeezed lemons, salt, and sugar. Do not overdo anything. All you need is one teaspoon of sugar, one pinch of salt (pink Himalayan salt or rock salt recommended), the juice of one lemon, and 8-10 ounces of water (about 250-300 ml). You can have this during your snack time or after a bigger meal. It will help improve your digestion, flush out toxins from your body, and provide your much needed daily dose of Vitamin C for your immunity system. One glass of Nimbu Pani every day is good for your weight loss. So, if you want to improve your lemon water, Nimbu Pani is the way to go.
- Cucumber Juice
Did you know that cucumbers contain 90% water and are one of the most hydrating vegetables? If you’re trying to decide which is better for your health, fruit or vegetable juice, know this: fruit juices tend to have a concentrated form of sugar and the natural sugars present in them might inhibit hydration, so vegetable juices are better for hydration. However, if you’re fond of fruit juices, orange juice can be a good option as it contains lots of electrolytes. But only natural orange juice – none of the sugary bottled juices full of preservatives and added sugar!
- Fruit-Infused Water
Although fruit juices are not the best hydrating drinks, a glass of fruit-infused water can be! When you add slices or chunks of fruit to your water, the water will help dilute the fruit’s sugar content thus increasing its hydrating powers. Put a bunch of seasonal fruits and berries in a jar of water and enjoy it throughout the day.
- Aloe Water
Don’t let the small spores on the aloe vera leaf scare you. This is a superfood. Packed with antioxidants, it helps detoxify your gut. Just by putting some chunks of freshly scooped aloe vera in your water, you’ve got yourself a potent and hydrating drink. If you cannot tolerate the flavor, don’t let the rest of the gel in your aloe vera leaf go to waste. Instead, smear the aloe vera gel on your face and neck, seriously! This medicinal plant also offers many beauty benefits. The malic acid it contains will help improve the elasticity of the skin making it firmer and tightening loose and sagging skin. A natural moisturizer like this should not go to waste. Just be cautious as using it directly on your skin may cause irritation when used too much and too often.
- Herbal Tea
While it is our tendency to hydrate ourselves more in the summertime for the desperate need to quench our thirst and alleviate the effects of the scorching sun rays, it is also important to keep ourselves hydrated during the winter. Herbal teas such as hibiscus, rose, or chamomile will not only help you hydrate your body but also keep you calm and relaxed. With their hydrating qualities and while being natural and caffeine-free, you don’t have to worry about them potentially dehydrating you.
These powerful hydrating drinks provide a burst of flavor and supply your body with a lot of electrolytes, sodium, vitamin, probiotics, and minerals. You should never ignore the hydration your body needs. If you think water is bland and you just can’t do it, remember, there are other options. When you are out and about, walking to burn more calories, try all the drinks we mentioned, choose your favorite from the list, and get hydrated!
Which of the options was your favorite hydrating drink?