Consuming the recommended daily intake of water can be tough. However, water is essential to fuel our bodies, especially in the summer months. Properly hydrating helps your body regulate temperature, rid itself of waste, lubricate and cushion joints, protect sensitive tissues and more. We need water to survive.
While plain water is usually the best method for hydration, it can become difficult (and even just boring!). Try these five alternatives to water that will take your hydration to the next level, and may even have other health benefits!
It’s just as refreshing as it sounds with all the benefits of plain water (if not more!) Just fill up a jug of water, toss some veggies or fruit—think strawberries, lemons, cucumbers, etc.—in and let it sit overnight. This low-calorie, easy to make drink makes water more appealing, therefore increasing water intake.
Fresh squeezed juice or smoothies
Take the fruit-infused water up a notch with fresh smoothies or fresh-squeezed juices. Skip the store-bought juice that contains high levels of sugars and other additives and squeeze your own juice for hydrating and refreshing drink. Or, if you want more substance, mix up a smoothie with fruit or veggies and add water, ice, and/or oat milk to stay healthy, hydrated and even full!
Kombucha, which is made up of mostly water, has been a trendy drink the last few years, and rightfully so. While some may not prefer the taste of the fermented drink, it does boast several benefits (other than hydration) including digestion, increased energy, boosting the immune system and more. Give it a try and see what you think!
A summertime staple, unsweetened tea is both hydrating and refreshing. It also can provide other health benefits, such as promoting a healthy heart, increasing energy levels and more.
Still looking for ways to add a little extra hydration to your routine this summer? Try these five water-packed foods to stay hydrated.