Hydrate your body with tasty and refreshing options
We all need to hydrate regardless of the time of year. There’s nothing more comforting than a hot beverage on a cold morning. But as the temperatures start to rise, most people tend to crave beverages that cool and hydrate the body.
While a tall glass of ice water is always home run when the body heats up, there are a number of other beverages that can help you feel refreshed, rehydrated, and refocused—with a lot more flavor to boot.
Not only do these beverage choices hydate and refresh, they have off-the-charts health benefits and they are so “in” during the spring months. This means, they are easy to come by whether you’re out and about or looking to stock your fridge.
Some of the healthiest and most popular beverages for spring hydration are:
- Acai Juice
- Aloe Juice
- Apple Juice
- Blueberry Juice
- Coconut Water
- Cranberry Juice
- Iced Green Tea
- Infused Water
- Orange Juice
- Pomegranate Juice
First and foremost, these healthy beverages are mostly water (of course) and they have high levels of free radical, disease-fighting antioxidants.
This is super important during the spring and summer months when the body is exposed to more free radicals than any other time of the year. Exposure to free radicals has been associated with more than 100 conditions and diseases including cancer, heart disease, rapid aging, alkaline imbalances, memory impairment, and more.
To reap the benefits of these disease-fighting drinks, opt for 100% pure fruit juice with no sugar added. Better yet, make your own juice and infused water from only the freshest, organic fruits and vegetables. The same applies to coconut water, but you needn’t worry about additions if you drink the water straight from the coconut!
The following is a list of nutrients found in the spring beverages listed above:
Acai Juice Although blueberry and cranberry juice are loaded with antioxidants, studies show that acai berry is even richer in antioxidants than these and other berries. Pure acai juice also contains vitamins A and C, iron, calcium, potassium, and fiber.
Aloe Juice Fresh aloe juice contains vitamin C, calcium, iron, potassium, fiber, and protein.
Apple Juice Pure apple juice contains vitamin C, calcium, iron, fiber, potassium, magnesium, phosphorus, choline, and omega-3/omega-6 fatty acids.
Blueberry Juice Fresh blueberry juice contains vitamins A, C and K, calcium, iron, protein, fiber, folate, choline, phosphorus, magnesium, and omega-3/omega-6 fatty acids.
Coconut Water Fresh coconut water contains loads of potassium, vitamin C, folate, choline, iron, calcium, fiber, protein, phosphorus, selenium, magnesium, and omega-6 fatty acids.
Cranberry Juice Pure cranberry juice contains loads of vitamins A, C, and K, folate, choline, protein, fiber, potassium, magnesium, phosphorus, calcium, iron, and omega-3/omega- fatty acids.
Iced Green Tea Fresh, homemade iced green tea contains catechins (antioxidant, antibacterial, detoxicants), vitamins B1, B2, niacin, and pantothenic acid, vitamin C, vitamin E, theanine, fluorine, and saponins.
Infused Water You can use whatever fruits and vegetables you like. Here’s an example: combine strawberry, mint, water and ice in a pitcher. Cover and chill for around 2 hours for an antioxidant packed beverage that also contains loads of protein and potassium.
Orange Juice Orange juice is packed with vitamin C and potassium as well as vitamin A, calcium, iron, folate, choline, fiber, protein, magnesium, and omega-3/omega-6 fatty acids.
Pomegranate Juice contains loads of potassium, as well as phosphorus, magnesium, folate, vitamin K, choline, calcium, iron, and omega-6 fatty acids.
There are many other fruit and vegetable drinks to choose from, so there’s no need to limit yourself. These are just some of the most popular choices, so stay hydrated and treat your tastebuds at the same time!
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