After living in the chilly midwest for a few months and then moving back to hot, sunny, humid Florida for the summer I started getting headaches almost everyday. This was due to dehydration. I was getting frustrated because a week later the headaches kept coming. I thought to myself, “I’m drinking plenty of water, why do I still get headaches?”
There are plenty of hydrating drinks and performance enhancing products on the market like gatorade for electrolytes or candy-like blocks for energy. However, all of these contain high levels of sugar and refined products that my body can’t handle (and I don’t want to try!). Instead of using these energy enhancement drinks, here are some healthy alternatives to keep you hydrated.
Coconut Water is a great alternative to gatorade or powered because it contains natural electrolytes and a very small amount of natural sugar. It contains high levels of potassium and it can help with high blood pressure and keep your skin healthy and hydrated If you aren’t a fan of plan coconut water, try this recipe: Hydrating Coconut Lime Sparkler (pictured above).
The ancient Aztecs and Mayans used to carry this beloved seed with them on long journeys to increase their strength and endurance. Chia seeds can absorb up to 12 times it’s weight in water, so it is also a great hydrator. It can help electrolyte imbalances by maintaining fluid balance. Soak a tablespoon in water, flavored water, or juice and let sit in the fridge for at least an hour (or overnight). They will turn into tiny “gel bubbles” and help keep you hydrated. Sip throughout the day. (Photo Credit)
Take Extra Electrolytes
Instead of buying energy drinks full of sugar, add your own concentrated-form of electrolytes to your drinks. This way you are getting a full-range of electrolytes without all the added sugar. My favorite is the Trace Mineral brand above. I put it in my water when I feel dehydrated or when I go exercise.
Use High-Quality Salt
Sodium/salt is an electrolyte, too. However, refined table salt won’t give you the benefits you need to stay hydrated. Stick to high quality sea salts, Himalayan Crystal Salts are my favorite. (Photo Credit)
Eat Lots of Fruits and Vegetables
I’m sure you’ve heard it over and over again: “Eat your veggies!” Not only are they great sources of vitamins, minerals, and fiber; but they contain their own sets of electrolytes, and they’re full of water. Drinking water isn’t the only way that your body gets H2O through your system, but your body also absorbs water from the fruits and vegetables you eat. So eat up!
Thought-provoking, mind-prodding question of the day:
What are your favorite ways to stay hydrated?