Does your sports drink glow in the dark? Does it come in as many colors as M & Ms? Does it contain high fructose corn syrup? If so, it might be time to try some alternative beverages for rehydrating after a strenuous workout. Here are a few to consider:
Water – I’ve mentioned plain, filtered water many times here for good reason. It’s the most inexpensive and most practical drink to reach for and the best source for hydration available. If you have a filtering system at home, you can get it right from the tap and keep it in a plastic-free water bottle.
Salt Water – We do lose electrolytes when we sweat and if this is a concern for you (e.g., do you experience muscle cramps during your workout?), try adding a pinch of Himalayan or Celtic Sea salt to your water. Both contain minerals such as potassium, magnesium, and sodium that we can lose during strenuous exercise.
Coconut Water – This is a fun drink that has gained in popularity, especially among the Bikram yoga crowd. It’s high in electrolytes, especially potassium with magnesium, calcium, phosphorus, and sodium too. It does contain natural sugars, so drink this in moderation and also check the labels for added sugar, which is found in some brands.
What’s your favorite way to rehydrate? I’d love to know…