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How to Stay Hydrated
Everyone knows it’s important to drink water, but many fail to do so correctly. For some, they don’t like the taste of pure water, and instead drink coffee, sodas, or sweetened teas which can dehydrate your body further.
The human body is comprised of mostly water and is continually losing water through respiration, perspiration, and urination. So, it’s critical to rehydrate throughout the day, especially during hotter times of the year, as well as before, during, and after exercise or other physical exertion.
Here are a few of the most common types of water available that can help keep you hydrated and healthy.
Mineral water comes from underground springs and naturally contains minerals such as calcium, iron, magnesium, and manganese. Mineral levels can vary between brands, and the presence of the minerals often gives a salty taste to the water.
Drinking alkaline water is believed to help neutralize acids in your body and metabolize nutrients more efficiently. Alkaline water is less acidic than regular tap water and may have nutrients added to it such as calcium, silica, potassium, and bicarbonate.
In recent years, coconut water has become a popular drink of choice. Coconut water is the liquid found inside young coconuts. Coconut water has high electrolyte content and has a slightly sweet taste.
Electrolyte waters are enhanced with sodium and potassium to help your body absorb water quickly and prevent dehydration, especially in intense heat or physical exertion.
Sparkling water is just carbonated water. When carbon dioxide is added to water, it becomes bubbly, which is a healthy and hydrating alternative to sodas.
This may sound like an ultra-fancy type of water, but it’s just fruit-infused water. Adding fruits, veggies, and even herbs can provide a flavor and nutrient boost to your water. Stay refreshed and hydrated by adding watermelon, strawberries, citrus fruits, cucumber, or mint and enjoy!