Healthy Hydration

shutterstock_502441072

We write often about the importance of hydration. Here’s a healthy drink to prevent dehydration when you’re planning to be out in the hot summer sun or have spent too much time in dry, air-conditioned settings.

Coconut water is known for providing electrolytes, and this concoction will make it even better than sugary, artificially-colored rehydration beverages.

Ingredients

  • 2 Tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • 2 Tbsp fresh lime juice
  • 1½ cups coconut water
  • ½ cup water
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • ½ tsp grated ginger root
  • Sea salt to taste

Preparation

  • Combine all ingredients in a blender.
  • (Optional) Pour over ice
  • Enjoy

Benefits

Coconut water provides potassium, magnesium, calcium, phosphorus, and sodium. These minerals replace what you lose in sweat and prevent muscle cramps. The other ingredients also provide vitamins and minerals, and have these additional benefits:

  • Ginger is good for relieving gastrointestinal distress, which can occur as dehydration sets in.
  • Citrus juice is high in antioxidants, which stop cellular damage, lower inflammation, and boost the immune system.
  • Honey maintains blood glucose and allows muscle efficient muscle recovery when exercising. It also helps speed up wound healing.

 In a hurry?

No problem.

You can substitute bottled lemon and lime juice for fresh, raw fruit. You can also find grated ginger in jars in well-stocked grocery stores. You can use boxed coconut water for this lemon-lime quencher. Just make sure they are organic and non-GMO.

Jessica Needle, ND practices at Optimal Health Center
Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s