Did you know it only takes 5 glasses of water to rehydrate your body after just 1 cup of coffee?
Just by weaning yourself off your beloved morning coffee, you could boost your bodies hydration from the moment you wake up.
But does the thought of drinking lots of water all day not seem like fun to you? Here are some tasty alternatives to keep your body hydrated and full of energy.
Unlike coffee which has a dehydrating effect, drinking herbal tea is a tasty but refreshing way to to not only keep your body hydrated but is also a great source of increasing your anti-oxidant. Find a tea which is tasty but not too intense so you can sip it all day long like chamomile, mint, or yummy rooibos.
Not only is coconut water refreshingly tasty, it also contains less sodium and more potassium than regular sports drinks and replaces lost electrolytes your body loses during exercise. Replacing electrolytes helps your body fight fatigue after exercise as well as lowering your blood pressure.
A jug of water filled with sliced lemon, cucumber, mint leaves, rosemary sprigs, and berries that are in season, is a refreshing drink that you can sip it all day long. For the ultimate refreshing water infused drink , try this Mojito water-infusion recipe by Sugar and Soul:
Ingredients (Serves 4):
8 mint leaves
940ml of water
Slice limes and pour into jug.
Add mint leaves.
Add water and ice.
According to the Institute of Medicine’s recommendations we should eat 20 percent of our daily water intake, so the next time you’re feeling thirsty, pile a few these on your plate.
Watermelon – Not only do they contain 92 percent water but they also contain salt, calcium and magnesium.
Celery – Celery stalks contain 95 percent water and are also high in fibre, rich in minerals including potassium and vitamin K.
Cucumbers – Unsurprisingly cucumbers contain 96 percent water and have no saturated fat or cholesterol. But they are also very high in vitamin K, vitamin B6 and iron.
Strawberries – They are bursting with water, 92 percent water in fact (the most of any berry) and are loaded with fibre and vitamin C.
Eating some water filled filled fruit and vegetables straight after any exercise can actually hydrate you quicker than having a glass of water after a heart pumping exercise session. Also these water-rich fruit and vegetables contain natural sugars, amino acids, mineral salts and vitamins that are lost through sweat, which our bodies need to restock up on.
Making a smoothie with high water content fruits, including blueberries, oranges, peaches, pineapples, plums, raspberries and watermelon are a fun way to keep you hydrated. Instead of adding dairy, soy, rice or almond milk to your smoothies add water or natural unsweetened fruit juice.