How To Rehydrate The Healthy Way?

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Obi Obadike

Obi Obadike

Celebrity Fitness & Nutrition Expert, CFT, SFN, M.S. Founder & CEO – Ethical Inc.
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How to rehydrate the healthy way? Drinking water is the one of cheapest and healthiest ways to rehydrate your body. Why is water so healthy? Because water has no added calories or sugar it will never negatively affect you weight loss or health wise.

How do you know if you are really dehydrated? Some of the common symptoms are:

  • Dry Mouth
  • Dizziness
  • Headache
  • Increased Thirst
  • Infrequent urination

The age demographic group that is more prone to dehydration is older adults and children. And also, anybody that has a medical condition such as diabetes or kidney disease.

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Another thing that is good for rehydration is drinking milk. Milk contains a high amount of electrolytes which helps to balance the water in your body. There are research studies that have shown that drinking milk can rehydrate you just as well as some of the most popular sports electrolyte drinks. The protein in milk also makes for a good post exercise beverage in terms of supporting muscle repair and recovery.

Fruits and vegetables contain the highest amount of water and that water in fruits and vegetables will help to rehydrate your body.

The fruits and vegetables that have the highest water content is:

  • Oranges
  • Grapes
  • Berries
  • Carrots
  • Spinach
  • Lettuce
  • Cabbage

Oral hydration solutions is an alternative way to treat dehydration. These oral hydration solutions contain electrolytes like sodium, chloride, potassium, and dextrose. You can also make your own home remedy rehydration solution of just water, sugar, and salt.

Most people think that drinking coffee and tea will dehydrate you and that is true in theory. But if you are drinking more than moderate amounts such as 2 to 3 or more cups of coffee or tea per day, then the diuretics effects of it will dehydrate you. But if you drink just one cup of it per day then you can benefit from the hydration effects of it.

“Drinking water is the one of cheapest and healthiest ways to rehydrate your body.” Celebrity Fitness & Nutrition Expert Obi Obadike

There was a study of about 50 coffee drinkers who drank 4 cups of coffee that contained about 1.8 mg of caffeine per pound of bodyweight daily. The study revealed there was no significant differences between water and coffee in terms of its hydration effects. And this is an astonishing study even though the amount people in the study was small.

The Bottom Line is drinking water is one of the healthiest ways to rehydrate your body. And other rehydration options are milk, fruits, and vegetables.

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