6 Delicious Beverages That'll Up Your Hydration Game
Whether it's the middle of summer or the dead of winter, you're stuck inside or out and about, hydration remains critical.
And while pure water will always be our favorite way to keep our bodies hydrated and happy, sometimes, we need a bit of an electrolyte boost with the help of a drink made with rehydration in mind. Electrolytes definitely aren't just for sports drinks anymore, and they can help your mind and body get on track faster than water alone.
But with so many drink options out there, it can be difficult to figure out where to start. Keep reading to discover six of our favorite tried and true brands, and learn more about each one to find out exactly which drink might be for you.
Whether your social distancing practices mean staying inside all day or going on daily runs, Recover 180° is designed to help your body recover after any dehydrating activity. Each bottle contains three times the electrolytes of typical sports drinks, but half the calories and a third of the sugar. They also include healthy doses of potassium, vitamin C, niacin, vitamin B5, vitamin B6, vitamin B12 and magnesium, plus herbal extracts. And did we mention they taste great? They come in vibrant Açai Berry, Citrus and Blood Orange flavors, and each one is tartly refreshing.
Looking to hydrate with something organic and infused with delicious coconut water? Roar will be just right for you. This electrolyte drink packs a hydrating punch with only 10 calories and one or two grams of sugar per bottle, depending on the flavor. It's also full of antioxidants, without any artificial flavors, while providing the drinker with doses of vitamin C plus vitamins B3, B6 and B5. They come in a lot of fabulous flavors, but we've tried the Magno Clementine, Cucumber Watermelon, Blueberry Acai and Georgia Peach flavors—and each and every one is as fruity and flavorful as the last.
Want to go all-in on coconut water? You have to try Creative Roots, a brand of fruitily flavored coconut water drinks that are designed to help kids stay hydrated. Honestly, we think it's only promoted as a kid's drink because it tastes so good that even the pickiest of drinkers will love it. Each bottle contains just one gram of sugar, and their drinks come in tasty Orange Pineapple, Watermelon Lemonade, Mixed Berry and Peach Mango flavors. Since coconut water can be just as hydrating as sports drinks, your body will thank you.
Pricklee is a little different from the other beverages on this list, not just because it's the only one to come in a can, but because it harnesses the power of prickly pear cactus water. Prickly pear is a superfruit full of natural electrolytes and antioxidants, creating drinks that are ultra-hydrating while having only 35 calories per can, and one fifth of the sugar of typical juice. Their unique flavors, Prickly Pear, Strawberry Hibiscus and Mango Ginger, are also sure to tantalize your taste buds.
Here's a great-tasting drink that gets its awesome replenishing and rehydrating powers from watermelon juice. Liquid Hydration's 10% watermelon water drinks are naturally sweetened, flavored and colored, and contain vitamins A, B1, B6, B12, D and E, plus plant-based, non-GMO branch chain amino acids, which help to heal muscles. The drinks come in two bold and tart flavors—Black Cherry Pomegranate and Orange Mango, at just 70 calories per bottle.
Liquid IV is technically not a drink, but a drink powder—but don't hold that against it. This year, it's become one of our very favorite brands. And that's not just because their powdered electrolyte drink mixes are super convenient and space-saving, or because they taste amazing (which they do) but because they make us feel super happy and hydrated. Their unique blend of sodium, potassium, glucose and water is designed to hydrate the body faster, and each packet contains three times the electrolytes of typical sports drinks, plus vitamins C, B3, B5, B6 and B12. Also, each one contains only 50 calories, and their drinks come in tasty flavors including Passion Fruit, Acai Berry, Lemon Lime, Apple Pie, Guava, Watermelon and Guava—plus mixes for sleep, energy and immunity.
Want to learn more? Click HERE to read our full review of Liquid IV's wonderful drink powders.