As the weather starts to heat up and people begin to reach for those ice-cold glasses of lemonade, hydration is more critical for your health than ever. Learn what popular summery drinks to reach for and what to avoid this summer to keep your body healthy and hydrated!
The foundation of all life on earth, water is the best drink choice for those sweltering spring afternoons. Water, which makes up around 60% of your body, is calorie-free, inexpensive, and the optimal source of hydration. If you’re still on the fence about ditching your iced teas and lemonades for a tall drink of water, scientists have found that a glass of cold water in the mornings make you feel more alert than a cup of coffee. If you decide to drink water, you should aim for around 64 ounces, or eight cups of water, but should shoot for more if you are sweating or exercising. If you can’t stomach just plain water, try adding some sliced fruit, herbs like mint, or even spa favorites cucumbers to give
With names like Glacier Cherry and Mountain Berry Blast, sports drinks are an alternative to water to keep you hydrated. But be warned– sports drinks, like Gatorade and Powerade, are sugar-laden, electrolyte-filled beverages designed to keep athletes hydrated, not people who don’t exercise. If you aren’t drinking sports drinks while exercising, but rather just because you enjoy them, consider watering them down or phasing out your sports drink consumption altogether.
Lemonade and Iced Tea
Lemonade, iced tea, and even the combination of the two called Arnold Palmer are okay for you, so long as you make them at home! If you grab a bottle of lemonade from the shelves of your local supermarket, though, you may have some problems. Lemonades and iced teas that are made and sold in supermarkets are heavy in sugars, artificial colors, and artificial sweeteners. If you make your tea or lemonade at home, though, you are much better off. With homemade lemonade, you get a healthy dose of vitamin C, and with iced tea; you can get antioxidants and a little bit of caffeine, all for no calories at all!
Are you looking forward to the warm weather of the summer? Do you have any lemonade, iced tea, or sports drink recipes that you want to share with your fellow readers? Let us know in the comments down below!