Hydrate to Dominate
This year has been a wild ride, to put it lightly. Several aspects of our everyday routines have changed, including how we exercise. Since outdoor workouts have increased in popularity, it’s important to remember to help your body prepare to sweat more than usual. The best way to do this? Hydration.
You know what they say: hydrate to dominate. Way to go, h2o. Drink water, get hotter. But what does it actually mean for the body to be hydrated? Hydration impacts almost every part of day-to-day functions, operating on a cellular level to flush out toxins, prevent inflammation in joints, help keep the heart pumping, and strengthen cartilage. While these activities are all invisible to us, dehydration does present itself pretty clearly in some bigger ways throughout the body.
When we are dehydrated, it can manifest as exhaustion, dizziness, and a general sense of disorientation (the signs most people are familiar with). In the long run, though, staying super hydrated can work wonders like clearing skin and brightening up that complexion. When you’re hydrated, you might find yourself feeling less sleepy and more alert -- even without that second coffee. If you have #fitnessgoals, hydration is going to be your new best friend: drinking lots of water can help decrease appetite, along with assisting muscular functions and achieving all those other wonderful benefits that happen below the surface. Many studies have even reported that hydration can even help regulate sleep patterns for those that have trouble falling or staying asleep.
We’ve got some good news if you’re someone who doesn’t like drinking water or finds it hard to keep up with throughout a busy day: it might sound a bit counterintuitive, but hydration doesn’t only have to come from water. Finding the right foods and beverages can keep you on the move. Fruits and veggies are insanely water-rich -- many fruits (like strawberries, watermelon, and oranges) are more than 90% water, so the right snack can get the body flushed with water and nutrients.
If you’re more of a flavored water fan, our sparkling waters can help you achieve these effects, too. It’s cool if you’d prefer to sip on a watermelon sparkling water instead of snacking on one -- we aren’t here to judge. For tea aficionados, experts suggest that unsweetened teas (like our Unsweet Lemon Tea) are your best bet if hydration is the goal. Of course, since fruits are so hydrating, our paradise juices and teas will bring that same benefit in a bottle.
One of our favorite secret weapons is the magic of coconut water. With a low carb and calorie count but high amounts of naturally occurring nutrients like potassium, organic coconut water is a great way to rehydrate after a workout (or even proactively hydrate at your desk). That natural sweetness is the perfect treat after a sweat sesh, with the added benefit of balancing out muscle function. If you’ve been seeking a post-workout routine or a handy drink that won’t dehydrate you like coffee, look no further, friends. Our coconut waters will have you hydrated and ready for whatever the rest of the day may bring.
As the summer weather rolls on, don’t sweat it -- at least not until you’ve grabbed your favorite PO drink to hydrate back up again.