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Hydration – Dr. David Long

Hydration Summary

• Water is the best way to stay hydrated, but adding citrus fruits, cucumber and mint leaves can add flavor.

• Tea, as long as it’s unsweetened, can provide antioxidants while helping hydrate. 

• 100% fruit juice without added sugars can provide up to 85% water. 

• Coconut water is a great alternative at 95% water. 

• Milk may be surprising but also contains beneficial vitamins and protein.

• An easy snack idea: eating watermelon which is 92% water.

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It’s summertime. And who doesn’t love cooling down with a fun beverage like an iced tea, soda, or juice? But are these drinks actually hydrating you? Here are some of the best drinks to drink to stay hydrated this summer. 

Water. Surprised water’s the best way to stay hydrated. But if you’re bored of drinking water, try adding lemons or limes, cucumbers or mint leaves to your water to change up. 

The absence of flavor tea, whether it’s black, green, white, herbal, or even hot or iced tea is hydrating and is packed with any oxidants as long as you drink it in moderation and don’t add many sweeteners. 

Tea can help you reach your hydration goal. Fruit juice, as long as you’re drinking 100% fruit juice and it doesn’t contain any added sugars, this beverage can pack up to 85% water and contains a lot of vitamins, which can go a long way. 

For rehydrating. For a fun idea, pour juice into Popsicle molds for a sweet and hydrating treat coconut water. If you’re looking for the perfect beverage that isn’t water, try coconut water, which boasts to hold up to 95% water. 

That’s even more than fruit juice milk. This one probably surprises you the most. As this drink is super thick, you wouldn’t think it would hydrate you. 

Not only does it hydrate you, but it also contains calcium, vitamin D and protein to keep you fueled even on the hottest of days. And if you’re tired of drinking to stay hydrated, try eating watermelon as it is 92% water. 

I’m Dr. David Long, that was the long story short.

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