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16 Drinks That Keep You Hydrated (Not Including Water)
Fruit Juice
Fruit juice is a great alternative to water because it nourishes your body with added vitamins, minerals, and electrolyte compounds like sodium and potassium.
Fruit and fruit juice can be a beneficial addition to a diet to stay hydrated, but never totally replace water intake for long periods.
Contrary to popular belief, milk is one of the most hydrating drinks you can opt for. The fat, lactose, and sodium content in milk will help balance the fluids in the body.
Additionally, the body retains the nutrients, water, and calories in milk longer, which can add up if a person drinks eight glasses a day.
Sports Drinks
Sports drinks like Gatorade contain electrolytes and additional carbs to replenish the body after intense movement. It’s why it’s the drink of choice for athletes.
However, due to the sugar content, sports drinks shouldn't totally replace water because it can negatively impact your physical health.
Coconut Water
One of the best alternatives to water for keeping hydrated on a hot day is coconut water. It's high in electrolytes that can aid in keeping low blood pressure
Hydration is also essential in preventing kidney stones, and the electrolytes in coconut water help the body’s filtration process function even better.
Flavored Sparkling Water
Contrary to what some might believe, sparkling water is just as hydrating as the still version and its fun flavors are an incentive to stay hydrated.
However, it may not be better for people working out or with gastrointestinal issues, as the carbon dioxide can cause bloating and result in a person drinking less seltzer.