Hydration aids in joint paint management by keeping cartilage soft. It also helps with weight loss and weight management any time of year, but the summer months are crucial. Good hydration maintains proper body temperature and bodily functions. It’s one of the best things you can do for your health.
When it gets very hot outside, though, you may be more inclined to alternate water with other drinks. It’s perfectly fine, provided you choose healthful options. Some sports drinks and soda will taste good on a summer day, but you have to watch for ingredients like sugar and caffeine that deplete your body of energy. If you find plain water doesn’t always quench your thirst, however, add a little variety to your drinks.
Switch It Up
Look for low-to-zero calorie alternatives when shopping. Coconut water, for example, is a good source of nutrients and can replace electrolytes lost during exercise. Unsweetened iced tea may also refresh you on a hot day, plus you benefit from antioxidants, just mind the caffeine intake.
Try A Unique Juice
If you’re itching to experiment with your blender, or you want to try the new juice place near your house, switch up your liquid intake with a pressed juice. Green juices made with spinach and/or kale provide vitamins and minerals and add bold flavor to your palate. Be sure to check labels before you drink.
Infuse Your Water
One of the easiest ways to add flavor to your water is simply adding a slice or two of fruit. Cucumbers, lemons, strawberries, watermelon… even herbs like basil and mint when combined with one or more of these creates a sensational taste. You never drink plain water again!
Visit the Bon Secours blog for some delicious summer drink recipes to help you stay hydrated and healthy in the heat. For more information on regulating joint pain, contact Bon Secours Virginia Orthopaedic and Spine Specialists.