Summertime may be over, but that doesn’t mean that it’s any cooler! During hot days, it can be tough to stay hydrated, especially if you lead an active lifestyle.
Luckily, there are a number of ways that you can beat the heat and keep cool! And, better yet, none of them involve artificial ingredients!
At Gac Life we believe in using natural and organic ingredients to solve your problems, and that’s why we’ve come up with some thirst-quenching drinks that will help you stay cool and hydrated and ready to face whatever.
Did you know that eating natural and organic foods such as oatmeal can keep you hydrated throughout the day? That’s right!
Oats expand, allowing in water and milk which then soak up into the oat. The liquid that you use to cook your breakfast is stored in the oats which helps keep your body hydrated throughout the day.
On top of that, adding additional seeds and nuts to your oatmeal can help out as well. For instance, chia seeds have the ability to absorb up to 10 times more liquid than their weight. This lets you continue to store liquid and keep your body hydrated!
This one might seem simple, but lots of beverages out there actually dehydrate you and make it more difficult for you to retain fluids throughout the day!
Steer clear of natural diuretics such as coffee, tea, and synthetic energy drinks such as Redbull. If you need that energy boost to help you get through the day, opt for a natural and organic energy beverage, such as Gac Life to help you stay alert.
Coconuts contain a fluid inside them known as coconut water. This refreshing fluid contains electrolytes and potassium, which are common ingredients found in energy drinks to help rehydrate and replenish your body.
On top of that, because coconut water is a natural beverage, it doesn’t contain the added sugars that many synthetic drinks do. Artificial sweeteners can leave you even thirstier; opting for coconut helps you quench your thirst, enjoy a great flavor, and avoid harmful sugars!
While it’s true that you need sodium to help your body retain fluids and stay hydrated, too much sodium can leave you feeling thirsty and parched. When you take in too much salt, your body also flushes out calcium and other important nutrients that are critical to staying healthy.
Especially when it’s hot outside, avoid salty foods that can induce thirst.
One of the biggest problems with carbohydrates isn’t that they’re calorie dense, it’s that they don’t contain enough water!
Foods such as bread, starch, and pasta are heavy and don’t leave you with the fluids that your body needs. The good news is that there are plenty of vegetable substitutes which you can use to help introduce some more water into your diet while still giving you the flavor of those staples.
If you’re craving pasta, opt for some healthy zucchini noodles! These noodles contain 95 percent water, which means that most of what you’re consuming is water anyway! Or, if you’d like some rice, try ground cauliflower instead as a healthy way to bring more liquid into your diet.
Smoothies are a great breakfast, snack, or desert, and they can help you get the fluids that you need to stay cool!
Blend fruits that contain high percentages of water and lower amounts of fructose to create a healthy, hydrating drink that you can enjoy in the morning or in the afternoon. A few ingredients that make thirst-quenching smoothies include:
Try blending a combination of those fruits together for a drink you can enjoy all day!
Vegetables contain a high percentage of water and a low number of calories. This means that not only are they a great source of adding water back into your diet, they’re also healthy choices - and you can eat more of them, too!
A few common vegetables with high water content include:
Lettuce contains 96% water, which means that in one cup of lettuce there’s 0.9oz of water. Most salads only contain 1-2 cups of lettuce per serving, however, so be sure to add plenty of other vegetables to the mix.
Celery makes a great snack for the afternoon, and contains 95% water. In one cup of celery you’ll find 3.4oz of water.
Radishes, like celery, contain 95% water. In one cup of sliced radishes there’s 3.9oz of water.
Tomatoes contain up to 95% water and have a whopping 6oz of water in one cup! One great way of incorporating tomatoes into your diet is through sauces and relish.
Cabbage holds 93% water and in one cup contains 4.3oz of water. And, while there are many varieties of cabbage, the percentage of water is roughly the same for different types.
By incorporating just a few of these vegetables into your diet, you can help your body retain water and keep cool
It may surprise you to find that drinking milk is actually a great way to stay hydrated and keep your body cool! The protein and lactose found in milk slows down the rate at which your stomach empties, keeping you full for longer and keeping fluids in your stomach for longer.
On top of that, milk actually contains a number of electrolytes: magnesium, potassium, sodium, and calcium. All of these help your body stay hydrated and feeling refreshed.
There are plenty of ways to keep your body cool and to stay hydrated, even in hot weather. And, not all of those ways include drinking water! Increasing your water intake throughout your entire diet rather than simply through water intake makes hydration easier and more sustainable.