With many in the US experiencing 100 degree + days, what do you do to keep hydrated? Is there a paleo-friendly Gatorade type drink (besides coconut water)?
I've been drinking a lot of of water (with a pinch of Himalayan salt sometimes), mineral water, orange juice, fruits, and even had a Gatorade. But despite getting in a lot of liquids I still feel a bit dehydrated. I work outdoors and am sweating most of the time.
So what's the best way to stay hydrated?
Also, I find eating meat and fatty foods very hard in this hot weather. Anyone else eating more vegan in this heat?
Basically, in order to avoid dehydration, you need water and salt.
You can roughly gauge water consumption by urine color and frequency of urination. Urine should be fairly clear, and you should be going at least as often as you do at other times of the year.
If water consumption is adequate but not doing the trick, add salt to your diet. Take salt tablets if necessary.
Also, lose the orange juice and Gatorade. The sugars will not be doing you any favors.
I'm in the same boat with you when it comes to hydration! I live in the South, without central a/c, and it is brutal. I avoid going outdoors during most of the day, doing my gardening and everything in very early morning and evening hours. I feel for you working out there!
In addition to water, I drink kombucha like it's going out of style. Iced hibiscus tea (you can sweeten with a lil raw stevia, or some fruit juice, if you prefer) is also really tasty and refreshing. To keep your salt in balance, without having to put salt in your water, try munching on a little salty snack (I like jerky and baggies with salted cut-up tomatoes and cucumbers) throughout the day.
The heat does make it hard for me to eat the rich foods I normally love. I end up eating a lot of meaty soups and salads topped with meats, to get my nutrition in. Also lettuce wraps and stuffed tomatoes.
Watermelon. During the summer eating fatty meats sounds very nasty. I eat so much watermelon during these few months. I'm also outside for most of the time too. Skating, working construction, Park workouts and I feel as if watermelon is extremely hydrating as well as delicious.
Coconut water has most electrolytes. If you dont like the canned stuff, you could use whole coconuts?
Salt + unsweetened cranberry juice + mineral water is a good one.
Cranberry doesnt have much sugar at all, and most of it is glucose (which is good for hydration actually, in moderation) + its got plenty of potassium, which is important. If you got sodium (salt) and potassium (cranberry) + glucose (cranberry), you got basically everything a poweraid is bringing to the table...
Tomatoe juice is also a low sugar juice, thats a bit higher in potassium than cranberry. So you could add a bit of salt to some tomato juice, and dilute it a bit wit mineral water, and that may work pretty well too.
You should definitely try the drinks by a brand called Vidration! They are awesome... It is sweetened with Splenda so its not Paleo but its 0 everything... Or you could check out your local Whole Foods and see what they have! Good Luck.
Being a Marine, Hydration is part of my job. If you are in the Military and are reading this then you know exactly what I'm talking about! lol
At the risk of stating the obvious, extra water and a little extra salt on my food? I make it a point to drink at least a quart of water per day, and put some extra sea salt on my meals. I definitely have salr cravings in the summer.
I avoid all processed and sugary drinks, and drink smoothies in moderation, since they are usually full of sugar. I mean, drink water, y'know?
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