If I’ve said it once, I’ve said it a thousand times – “hydration is the key to success!” While you are busy exercising and laughing and preparing healthy meals as part of your new and improved routine, don’t forget to hydrate! If that reminder to hydrate makes you think (cue eye roll) “I can’t possibly drink any more water! Please, don’t tell me to drink water!” then you are in luck. I am not here to tell you to drink more water.
In fact, I am going to suggest lots of wonderful and delicious ways to boost your hydration and balance your electrolytes that do NOT involve drinking gallons of plain water a day. But first, I just want to give you a plug for why you should make sure you are properly hydrated. It can help you lose weight, improve and balance your mood, and help your skin with improved elasticity and feel. Who wouldn’t want any—or all—of that?
- Boost your hydration by eating your water. Add more fruits and vegetables with high water content, like strawberries, watermelon, cucumbers, celery and lettuce.
- Enjoy some coconut water. While this is water, I know, it is also a nutritional and hydration powerhouse. Packed with vitamins and minerals and hydration galore, reach for coconut water to vary up your hydration routine. Watermelon water, maple water, and even cactus waters are moving up in the grocery aisles as well. With all of these alternative waters, just be mindful of added sugars and flavoring. Au natural is the way to go for the most benefit!
- Be a hydration superstar and make yourself a delicious, hydrating smoothie with any combination of the above ingredients.
- There are endless products out there claiming that they are essential to any and all hydration needs – don’t fall for this trap! Most of you can easily give your body what it needs with elements that grow from the earth. If you are an endurance athlete, or have a condition (such as dysautonomia) that necessitates consumption of extra electrolytes, opt for products made without excess sugar and with ingredients you can pronounce. Nuun electrolyte tabs are a great choice!
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