Before your cup of Coffee….Hydrate

  January 20, 2012  |    Blog

Most of us don’t realize that we wake each morning dehydrated. Our water stores deplete overnight and drinking a glass of water should be one of the first things we do when we wake up. Even though many of us go for a cup of coffee, this doesn’t hydrate you like water since it contains caffeine, so it causes you to lose some of the fluid that it comes with. Throughout the day, we should continue to drink water. Start off with a tall refreshing glass to ensure that you have energy for all of your daily tasks, and it will help to prevent headaches and help prevent you from feeling too hungry.

If a tall glass of water is not your style, you can try these other drinks for adequate hydration. They also contain electrolytes like potassium, sodium, magnesium, calcium, and phosphorus—all minerals we need in small amounts which aid in transporting water into our cells. Excellent sources of these electrolytes are:

  • Club Soda which contains potassium, magnesium and sodium, or Seltzer Water which contains potassium. Opt for sodium-free varieties since we all get plenty of sodium in our diets.
  • Orange Juice- Which has a whopping 275mg of potassium per 5.5 fl oz and 100% of your daily vitamin C. Try mixing just a few ounces of it with seltzer water so it will have less sugar and fewer calories than just drinking a straight glass of OJ (which can have up to 20g of sugar!)
  • Coconut Water- You get all 5 electrolytes with just 60 kcals per 14 fl oz serving.
  • Flavor your plain water with lemon, lime, orange slices or cucumbers for a refreshing drink. You’ll also get some extra vitamin C and potassium!

How do you ensure you get enough fluids throughout your day?

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