Food & Nutrition

7 Ways to Stay Hydrated (Besides Drinking Water)

Drink an herbal tea cooler

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Some teas are dehydrating, but decaffeinated herbal tea is an exception. Cool down and rehydrate after a long day by sipping on an herbal iced tea. Blend up some fruit puree and add it to a pot of herbal tea. Then, let cool in the fridge and serve over ice depending on your preference. Try a recipe with cranberry, which contains antioxidants as well as natural minerals that help your body maintain its fluid balance.

Refuel with milk

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Got milk? One study reported in the journal Applied Physiology, Nutrition, and Metabolism, showed that athletes who consumed milk or milk-based products had better fluid retention than those who drank Powerade. Plus milk contains protein, which your body needs to recharge after physical exertion. So next time you exercise, try rehydrating with fat-free or reduced fat milk. This is how your body changes when you start drinking enough water.

Replace soda with sparkling water

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Soda contains caffeine and sugar that can dehydrate your body. Switch it up with sparkling water! Here’s how to stay hydrated with your favorite bubbly water:  Just squeeze in lemon or orange juice, or add some muddled berries (strawberries contain 91 percent water) and mint leaves into this sparkling summer refreshment. Just make sure you’re using sparkling water, and not tonic water.

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