Every cell, organ, and tissue in your body requires water to function. For most people, drinking water is the best way to stay hydrated and rehydrate. The summer heat has taken a toll on outdoor exercise, and it’s wise to prepare yourself and your loved ones from the damaging effects of dehydration. If you’re worried about your or someone else’s hydration status, here are the 5 best ways to rehydrate quickly this summer.
A beautiful sunny day is the ultimate motivation to go outside and exercise. However, if you’re not careful, you can end up suffering from a heat-related health condition such as heat stroke, heat exhaustion, or extreme dehydration. Running, biking, hiking and even walking in the heat can completely derail your fitness goals. Before venturing out in the heat, I highly recommend you take these handy precautions to rehydrate and prevent heat-related illness…or worse.
Drink Water and Sports Drinks
The drinking of large amounts of water goes without saying. Yet did you know that some people lose both fluids and sodium through sweat? If sweat stings your eyes or you suffer from muscle cramps, you may be losing plenty of sodium through sweat. Combat this through water, energy drinks, and a balanced diet. Also, here’s some helpful information to provide insight as to how much water you SHOULD be drinking every day.
When it’s time to hydrate – skip the sports beverages and go for something tropical. Coconut water is low in carbohydrates, while still rich in potassium. Plus, according to a recent study, the high electrolyte content makes it an effective rehydration beverage after light exercise. Be warned, however, that not ALL coconut water is good for you as some varieties have very high sugar content. So check the labels and choose the ones without any added sweeteners.
All fruits have a very high water content. Yet, true to its name, watermelon is 95.5% water and provides so much more. According to a study from the University of Aberdeen Medical School, watermelon is ideal for hydration because of its contents – salt, calcium, and magnesium – and is also a great staple of potassium, vitamin A and vitamin C. I’ll gladly eat a whole watermelon in place of a glass of water.
Yes, really! According to a study by McMaster University, milk is even more hydrating than water or sports drinks. That’s because milk is a great source of protein, carbohydrates, calcium, and electrolytes. Even chocolate milk will do the trick!
Surprisingly, broth-based soups are also a great way to rehydrate. Soups like chicken noodles and vegetable soup include not just water, but sodium as well. Just be careful: Most canned soups overdo the sodium amount, so try whipping up some soup at home!
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