I am a water drinker for sure. I drink at least 8 glasses a day, usually more. This is to help maintain my hydration throughout the day and keep me fueled for a workout. Also it’s good for my skin and my hair, it decreases my headaches and so on.
Some other hydration options I’ve been hearing about and/or using:
Coconut water – I add this to my smoothies in the morning as the liquid content. It’s said to hydrate as well as a sports drink and is all natural (if you select the right kind at the grocer). It’s a quick go to in the morning for me to kick off my day on the right foot.
Gatorade/Powerade – These I drink more so following a few days of consecutive runs when it’s crazy hot out. They are quick to bring up the hydration levels in my body, but also have added sugars and calories that don’t always suit me after a workout. I do really like the Gatorade Prime, however, and will drink that pre long run as a fuel/hydration boost.
Pedialyte – One of the recent hydration techniques I’ve heard and tried last week. I went with the “no flavor” flavor and it was kind of like drinking salt water, but it did work well and wasn’t at all upsetting to my stomach. This is a plus. If it’s safe enough for kids’ tummies when they are ill, I’m cool with consuming it. It has since been brought to my attention that this is also a fantastic hangover cure.
Aloe Water – Also new to me, and although I was nervous to try this one, as I figured it couldn’t possibly taste good, my taste buds were singing whilst sipping. It has only 16 calories per serving and is so yummy that I’ve entered it into the rotation for liquid content I slip into a smoothie in the morning (only once or twice a week though because it is a little pricey).
Another important thing to remember when you’re thinking about your hydration levels is that a great deal of our daily water intake comes from what we eat. Fruits and veggies are super hydrators and I make sure my fridge is stocked with them. They are a healthy hydrating snack any day of the year. I cut up and freeze a different fruit each week too and use it as “ice” in my water for an added flavor boost. I add these “fruit cubes” to my smoothies and to an occasional cold glass of prosecco to keep it chilled a little longer.
These hot summer days will soon be but a memory as we start the decent into fall. Keep in mind while your hydration is very important when it is hot, it is something we should pay attention to all year round and don’t be afraid to share your own techniques with those around you.