3 Refreshing Summer Drinks To Refill Your Electrolytes
One of the most important things to do in the summer is to drink – when it’s warm, your body loses water at an accelerated rate, which makes replenishing it vital. But drinking water is not nearly enough. When you sweat, you lose more than just water – sweat contains various electrolytes, sugar, and salts, and replenishing these is also important for the good functioning of the body. You can replenish these the easiest by choosing various sports drinks – but these have various shortcomings, even aside from usually having artificial coloring and aromas. But here are 3 healthy summer drinks that will not only keep you hydrated and healthy but taste delicious, too.
Wine, when consumed in moderation, is one of the healthiest alcoholic drinks, and may even be the best alcoholic drink for weight loss. It contains many useful components – red wine helps blood production, aids digestion, and helps stop diarrhea, among others. But in the summer, it is not the perfect choice due to its relatively high alcohol content that contributes to dehydration. But you can always mix it with sparkling water and drink it as a spritzer.
Alcoholic spritzers are called by many the perfect summer drink: they are tasty (depending on the wine you use), they hydrate well, and they contain many compounds that are healthy. Not to mention that, due to their sweet and sour taste, they are quite refreshing – especially when served cold.
Why dilute citrus fruit juice with water, why not drink it as it is, you might ask? Well, for one, because fruit juice has a high sugar content that makes it a calorie-dense drink. Besides, the sugar makes it less refreshing and not as thirst-quenching as it should be in the summer. Diluting it with water (even sparkling water) and drinking it chilled, in turn, makes it a perfect summer drink.
Citrus juice is a great source of vitamin C, it is a tasty addition to your daily diet, and – depending on the type of the fruit – it can also be a mild laxative, preventing constipation.
Cider is a fermented apple juice that is very popular in the United Kingdom and is gaining traction in other countries as well. Its taste is usually sweet, sour, maybe a bit tart, again, depending on the variety of apples used for its production, and its alcohol content varies between 1.2% and 12%.
Mass-produced cider doesn’t retain much of the original’s nutritional value but a good craft cider will have the vitamins, electrolytes, and taste of the apples used for its manufacture. And in the summer, especially if you use it in a way similar to the spritzer described above, it can be a refreshing, replenishing, and tasty thirst-quenching drink.