Is Water Really the Best Way to Hydrate?
We’ve revealed the top 5 ways to hydrate this summer without picking up a single glass of H2O.
Don't get me wrong -- we need to drink water to live. There's nothing better than a crisp swig halfway through a pilates workout, or an ice cold refresher while sitting by the pool. But if experts say that we should be drinking a gallon of water a day, I’d rather have some fun with it. Personally, carrying around a giant jug and forcing myself to down 128 ounces seems quite intense. I mean, there has to be a better way to get my daily serving of Adam’s Ale without sending my body into water intoxication, right?
Why is hydration so important?
Like I said before, we need water to live. Aside from the obvious, water does amazing things for our body. From regulating digestion to maintenance of body temperature, water basically does it all. Oh, and not to mention the crazy good benefits it has for our skin. Drinking the recommended amount of H2O helps flush the skin of any toxins and germs that hide under the surface. Cleansing away the pesky waste stops breakouts before they can even happen, revealing plump and elastic skin. I can “cheers” (with water of course) to that!
5 Ways to Hydrate Without Thinking About Water
- Veggie noodles FTW! Regular pastas are loaded with dense water absorbing carbs. These carbs tend to suck up any and all liquids, preventing your body’s access to water. Plus, carbs retain water like a sponge. This increases your water weight and can leave you bloated for quite some time. Yikes! Vegetables are naturally high in water -- over 90% actually. By spiralizing zucchini or squash, you can make veggie noodles (or zoodles and squoodles as I like to call them) at home. They are super high in water, low carb, and fun to say! If slicing your own is too daunting, you can pick up a bag of frozen veggie spirals at almost any grocery store. Toss them with some pasta sauce (tomatoes are full of water), and you've got yourself a hydrating meal!
- Drink more milk. Yep, you read that right. Whether you're a fan of almond milk, coconut milk, or good ol’ cows milk, you may want to reconsider drinking it more often. Experts say that milk keeps us hydrated longer than water does due to the higher amount of naturally occurring electrolytes. Milk has much more fat and protein than a traditional sports drink. This keeps our bodies hydrated longer, as it empties from the stomach much slower as opposed to gatorade or powerade. So next time you're looking for a post workout recovery drink, reach for milk!
- Eat your chia seeds. Unlike processed starchy carbs, chia seeds are almost completely made of fiber. This means that even though they retain water, your body can easily get rid of them without storing them as fat. Add chia seeds to your protein balls, smoothies, or even make your own chia seed pudding.
- Whip up an acai bowl or smoothie. Speaking of smoothies, a great way to reap hydrating benefits of both milk and fruit is to throw them into a blender and viola! Like vegetables, fruits are almost completely made up of water. Choose fruits such as strawberries, oranges, blueberries, and pineapple for maximum hydration.
- Treat yourself to a homemade popsicle. Nothing beats a popsicle on a hot summer day! Ditch the sugary freeze pops and make your own! All you'll need is your favorite fruit, a bottle of carbonated water, and a popsicle mold. You can choose if you would like to cut up your fruit or puree it and add it to your water. Either way, pour your mixture of fruit and water into your mold and freeze overnight. Then, enjoy your fizzy, healthy, and hydrating popsicles the next day.
So there you have it! 5 ways to hydrate this summer without even thinking about it. We hope this helps and if you try any of our tips and tricks make sure to message us on Instagram at @simplylioness. Stay hydrated and healthy, loves!