You know that you should be drinking plenty of fluids to keep your body hydrated. Dehydration can be a scary thing and can land you in the hospital, so it doesn’t pay to mess around with it. If you’re just not the plain water type of girl, you might love a plant-based water. There are several options to choose from and they will pump your body full of moisture and some of them will even boost your nutrient intake at the same time.
1. Artichoke Water
Don’t worry – it doesn’t taste like an artichoke. The water from the artichoke often comes flavored with other fruits and veggies so it has a pleasing sweet taste. It’s rich in antioxidants that help keep you healthy while also staving off dehydration. You also get small amounts of fiber and potassium, making this a great choice post-workout.
2. Aloe Vera Water
You probably know that you can use the leaves of the aloe vera plant to quell the pain and inflammation of a burn. Did you know that you can also drink the water from the plant? Experts say that the water contains more than 75 nutrients, including a whole host of vitamins and minerals that keep your entire body healthy and strong. Not to mention you won’t be thirsty anymore either.
3. Maple Water
This water comes when sap from the maple tree is boiled. It has a slightly sweet flavor that makes it ideal for people who can’t stand plain water. It’s also rich in nutrients that are important for your muscles and heart. Research shows that maple water can be effective for recovery after exercise. Give a shot and see if you feel any different after your regular workout.
4. Cactus Water
If you were stranded out in the desert, you could survive on the water in a cactus. Even if you’re safe at home you can drink cactus water. This type of plant water contains antioxidants, calcium and magnesium. Experts say it’s the perfect hangover cure and it’s also good for a detox. The water is generally a bit sweet so it’s palatable for most people.
5. Coconut Water
Perhaps the most common of the plant-based waters, coconut water is easy to find and is great for drinking after you exercise. It has a pleasing flavor that makes it a top pick by many athletes. It also contains antioxidants and other nutrients that boost health while preventing dehydration. Look for coconut water at virtually any grocery store and some convenience stores.
6. Birch Water
This water comes from the sap of the birch tree, so it has a touch of sweetness in it. In addition, it contains small amounts of calcium, iron, zinc, potassium and magnesium. This type of plant water may not be as easy to find as some of the others, but if you can get your hands on it, it’s definitely worth a try. You can’t rely on it to meet all your nutrient needs, but it certainly contributes.
7. Watermelon Water
Watermelon is more than 90% water, so it makes sense that harvesting that liquid would taste good and be hydrating. This type of water is a mix between water and juice, but it has an awesome flavor that is perfect for cooling down after exercise. Watermelon water is also great for increasing your intake of vitamins A and C.
Have you ever tried any of these plant-based waters? Which one are you dying to try next?