It is no secret that water is essential to our daily lives. Without it, we will be dehydrated and the dangers that come with this condition are almost endless, including death. However, many people are not truly huge fans of plain drinking water. They think this is a boring liquid that should be improved. If you’re one of them, here are alternatives that are not only delicious, but also provide nutrients for the body:
From a healthy green coconut comes coconut water, which can be natural or packaged. Of course, picking nature’s coconut water is the better choice. You get the following with an eight-ounce serving:
- 600mg potassium
- 250mg sodium
- 60mg magnesium
- 45mg phosphorus
Packaged products though tend to have less sodium of at most 29mg, but often with fewer benefits.
Any kind of tea will often do, but green tea is considered the best tea in the world. Good news for those who are on a diet: it is calorie-free. Plus, teas are wonderfully full of antioxidants that can combat free radicals in the body and boost your immune function. They also help kill cancer cells and lower your bad cholesterol levels.
What’s an even better fruity alternative to water than watermelon itself? It not only quenches your thirst, but can also replenish the lost fluids in your body due to sweat and urination. Watermelon is 92% water, so you know this is a great option if you want texture and flavor in your “drink.” What’s more, watermelon offers plenty of nutrients that are not found in drinking water, such as:
- Vitamin A
- Vitamin C
You can enjoy watermelon as fruit or you can liquefy it as a beverage.
If you want to drink water, but you want to up things a little bit, you can drink infused water, which has herbs, veggies, or fruits. Some stores call this spa water, but note that there are brands that add sugars to their products. You can create your own by infusing water with limes, lemons, mint, ginger, or cucumbers.
Your Own Concoction
Simply squeeze some citrus, such as a slice of lime or lemon juice to water. There are actually plenty of options that can help make water palatable for you. Adding natural ingredients to water, such as herbs and spices, can make water healthier.
If you can’t consume eight glasses of plain water every day, try the alternatives listed above to help you meet at least the minimum recommended amount for combating dehydration.