Whew!! It has been a hot week in California, we’ve hit the 100°F weather. We’ve been dealing with fires, Santa Ana winds, and dry air. I recently took my nephew out to the park and boy was he a static clinger. Luckily the weather is starting to cool and the temperature is suppose to drop by 20°F. Just to give you an example of how hot it was, the the air conditioner in my house wouldn’t stop running. If the weather is rising wherever you live, staying hydrated is a must! It’s so easy for us to be dehydrated during these weather changes, since summer is coming up. So how do we stay hydrated? Drinking water is the best way to keep your body hydrated, but what if your taste buds are getting bored of water? I’ve had times where water just did not quench my thirst. So what are some healthy alternatives to water if you’re trying to stay hydrated?
Here are some drinks to try:
1. Green Juices
Any organic green juice works here. Green juices naturally have a ton of healthy nutrients with a natural boost of energy. If you don’t have time to juice your own, you can buy it. There are many organic green juices available for purchase. I personally love the Naked Juice. They have so many varieties to choose from.
2. Coconut Water or Coconut Juice
Anything coconut is healthy and tasty! I love drinking coconut juice on a hot day and I like to munch on the coconut flesh. Try fresh coconut and chop it open yourself. It’s delicious! Coconut water has naturally occurring electrolytes, enzymes, amino acids, phytohormones, and other vitamins and minerals which are beneficial to the body.
3. Freshly Juiced Juice
Do you have a juicer at home? Juice your own combinations! Bring it along with you to work or when you exercise. By juicing it at home you can control what goes in. You can also make your own preference of vegetable and fruit combo. Try anything from Pineapple juice to Tomato Juice. I love juicing carrots, apples, and some fresh vegetables like spinach together. Carrots and apples have a natural sweetness to them. The sweetest apples I’ve had so far are the Gala, Pink Lady, and Jazz apples.
4. Jazz your Water with Citrus slices
Sometimes simply jazzing up your water with a slice of lemon or orange works. You just need that bit of citrus to awaken your taste buds.
5. Unsweetened Tea
Have a cup of some wonderful ice cold tea. Try any loose tea leaves or tea bags. They come in so many flavors to try. My cousin recently let me try a Pomegranate Tea and it had a nice fruity fragrant flavor to it. Freshly brewed tea has high levels of flavonoids and tons of antioxidant.
6. Healthy Smoothies
You can go to franchises like Jamba Juice for a quick healthy smoothie or you can make one yourself with a blender. Use fruits, vegetable, fruit juice, natural energy boosters, add some ice and blend. For natural energy boosters, try chia seeds or flax seeds.
7. Kombucha Tea
What is kombucha tea? It is an ancient Chinese beverage also called the “Immortal Health Elixir”, has been around for more than 2,000 years and has a long list of health benefits such as preventing cancer, arthritis, and other degenerative diseases. It’s a light fermented drink of sweetened black tea, but is available in multiple flavors. You can brew it yourself at home if you prefer to, but if you just want to try it out first, pick up a bottle at local organic markets.
Our body is mostly made of 60% water, therefore we need to replenish it with water. We drink water to flush toxins out of our organs. The preferred amount of water is 8 cups a day, but in actuality, we have to drink more than that. According to The Institute of Medicine they determined that men’s water intake is roughly 3 liters (about 13 cups) of total beverages a day and women is 2.2 liters (about 9 cups) of total beverages a day. If you exercise, have an illness, breastfeed, or environmental changes, then the amount of water increases. But let’s be real, not many people can drink as much as 8 cups of water, let alone an intake of 2.2 liters – 3 liters per day. If you are trying to stay hydrated but just can’t foresee yourself drinking 8 cups of water a day, try an alternative to water. There are times where I drank water, and the taste was just oddly bland to me. It was as if my tongue is screaming out to me asking for something bubbly or flavorful. I end up seeking the fridge for something else to drink, usually snatching up a Lemon Ice Tea drink.
If you find yourself in a similar situation like me, consider the 7 alternative drinks listed to try. It doesn’t hurt to stock up your fridge with drinks other than water, especially during these warm weathers. These drinks are also great to take with you on the go. You can purchase a tumbler that keeps your drink cool so it’ll stay cold even longer. Hopefully you’ll check out these alternatives to water instead of grabbing a can or bottle of carbonated sugar drinks like soda. I hope these healthy drink alternatives will quench your thirst instead.
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