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With above 110-degree temperatures in Phoenix, the most basic tip we all know is to stay hydrated, with water leading the charge. But outside of water, what are your best hydration options when dealing with the summer sizzle? Dr. Thomas Biuso, Senior Medical Director for UnitedHealthcare of Arizona, offers the best choices, outside the everyday glasses of water, to stay healthy and hydrated for the long, hot summer.
Hydration alternatives include:
• Lemon Water According to the Center for Disease Control, add a wedge of lime or lemon to your water. This can help improve the taste and help you drink more water than you usually do.
• Skim Milk You may have not known this but milk is actually better for rehydration and also for countering dehydration than water. It contains a natural blend of good quality carbs, proteins and sodium that helps your body retain fluids.
• Herbal teas Herbal teas such as hibiscus tea, rose tea or chamomile tea are great hydrating drinks. They are natural and caffeine-free, so you don’t have to worry. They not only help in keeping you hydrated by also calm your tired nerves and relax your mind.
• Fruit-Infused Water Fruit juices may not be the best hydrating drinks but a glass of fruit-infused water is. Adding fruits in water helps in diluting the sugar content and increasing its hydrating powers.
• Smoothies Smoothies are a smart way to fit some extra hydrating nutrients in your day. You can incorporate fruit, add nutrient blends, or turn it into a meal by adding protein and healthy fats. Be wary of the amount of fruit you add — add too much and you might add too much sugar
• Coconut Water If you are looking for an all-natural, flavorful alternative to traditional water, coconut water is worth a try. A study published from Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise which demonstrated that coconut water replaced body fluids as good as a typical sports drink, and slightly better than water. Stay aware of too many, if any, added sugars.
For this and more health tips you can visit https://newsroom.uhc.com/health.html. –By Dr. Thomas Biuso, Senior Medical Director, UnitedHealthcare of Arizona