5 Healthy Ways to Stay Hydrated This Summer

In today’s busy world we are constantly bombarded with options on what to drink, when, and for what reason. Everywhere you look there are advertisement campaigns, marketing teams, and trillions of dollars spent aimed at how to get YOU to buy more. “Hydration for every occasion” –Vitamin Water, “Open Happiness” –Coca Cola, "Is your water pale? PUMP IT UP!" –Crystal Light…you get the point.

What those companies don’t want you to know, however, is that to be healthy you don’t need any of those drinks. In fact, to be really healthy and hydrated only requires a few ingredients and some mindfulness on your part.

Here are 5 new ways to consume healthy and energizing drinks that will save your wallet and have you feeling great!

1. Warm Lemon Water

Let’s start at the beginning of your day. After an average night of sleep, your body is feeling rested and thirsty. If you don’t drink water throughout the night (I do, but that means you’ll have to get up to pee, too) then upon waking, the first thing that should be on your mind is WATER. Now, I know that our  habit has many of us running to coffee to perk us up right after slipping out of bed, but try something different! While coffee may give you that initial jolt of energy, it may ware off throughout the day and leave you feeling groggy and …you guessed it…in need of more coffee (we’ve all been there). Instead of picking up your cup of joe, try to drink a warm glass of water with some lemon, slowly, first thing in the morning. It’ll slowly wake up all your internal organs, detox your digestive system, and give you long and steady energy throughout the day. It may taste a little funny at first; just try adding some raw honey or agave!  

2. Coconut Water

Next on the list is coconut water. Coconut water hasn't been called “Nature’s Gatorade” for no reason. Coconut water is full of simple sugars, electrolytes, and minerals that help your body replenish fluids and keep you hydrated. They’re also full of bioactive enzymes, tons of B-vitamins, zinc, magnesium, iron, calcium, and potassium, the list goes on. After your next work out, skip the sugary and preservative-laden sports drinks and gulp down some coconut water. It’ll help hydrate and keep you energized! (That sugary drink wishes it could say the same)

3. Herbal Tea

This is my personal favorite. Is there ever a time when tea doesn’t sound good? Again, while coffee is delicious and satisfying, if you try to replace your coffee habits with tea, you will start to see how hydrating and versatile tea can be. Herbal teas, such as chamomile, jasmine, rosehip, mint, rooibos, Echinacea, ginger, and ginseng, are bursting with different flavors that can mix delightfully with milk, honey, or enjoyed just on their own. Herbal teas are especially healthy (as opposed to green, white, black, and oolong teas) because their special chemical composition makes them full of antioxidants and nutrients. Herbal teas have also been found to lower blood pressure, prevent nerve or kidney damage, prevent complications from diabetes, and even have cancer-fighting properties. Herbal teas make it on the list of ways to stay hydrated because once you fall in love with your favorite kinds…you’ll drink a cup every chance you get.

4. Fresh Juices

If none of the above options appeal to you (don’t worry, you’ll come around), there’s always a good old-fashioned cold-pressed juice. Now, it should be noted that cold-pressed juices are ridiculously overpriced (we’re talking $9-11 per 12 ounces), but that being said, they are a very good way to keep healthy and hydrated! I don’t recommend hopping on the juice-cleanse bandwagon, per say, but I do think they call compliment a well-balanced diet quite well. Fresh pressed juices, especially the green ones usually full of kale and/or spinach, are immensely packed with nutrients and antioxidants that do wonders on your insides. Not only that, but they are delicious and incredibly refreshing and hydrating. The next time you are tempted to go for a soda or a juice from concentrate, consider one of these babies and drink up!

5. Water + ACV

Lastly, my inner hippie tells me that I must include this on the list. While there is no sufficient research done to prove this, I and many others believe that Apple Cider Vinegar is the single most useful and beneficial product anyone can own, but that becomes it’s own story. Apple Cider Vinegar contains proteins, enzymes, and good bacteria that may lower blood sugar levels, aid in weight loss, and help cardiovascular health. The vital proteins and enzymes also help your body to digest food and properly absorb nutrients. By mixing a tablespoon of ACV in a tall glass of water once a day, your body will detox better, making you feel more energized and hydrated, and extra pounds will melt off(as long as you eat well and get enough water, of course).