6 ways to hydrate better
But after a summer boot-camp session on a scorching sunny pier, your hydration stores may be drained into a pool of sweat around your Nikes.
We asked two of New York's top personal trainers—Will Torres, owner of Willspace, and Joel Harper, celebrity trainer to clients like Dr.Oz—for their tips on how to give your hydration levels a boost for those 95-degree-days.
Get out your water bottle. Here's what they had to say... —Lisa Elaine Held
JOEL HARPER, Celebrity trainer
1. Drink chia seeds. Literally. Harper recommends trying Drink Chia! at breakfast or for an afternoon snack.
The chia seeds that float around inside absorb 9 to 12 times their weight in water, which helps with prolonged hydration.
Plus, they're "packed with omega-3s for endurance, your heart, and brain," says Harper.
Harper loves Vega Sport plant-based powders. (They're created by vegan Ironman triathlete Brendan Brazier.) The Electrolyte Hydrator is packed with all essential electrolytes and bonus vitamins and antioxidants.
He also likes Pure Inventions antioxidant drops, which you can squeeze directly into your water glass.
3. Consider enhanced water.
Harper recommends Propel Zero. It's a powder or enhanced bottled water, which he says is "very refreshing." (Plus, Cindy Crawford drinks it, so there's that.)
And while Gatorade is generally sugary and artificial (yuck), Harper recommends its newer G2 formulations, created for endurance athletes, which have more natural-leaning ingredients, few calories, tons of electrolytes, and vitamins.
Just don't make it your daily drink of choice. Harper says to drink it "only during and after an intense workout."
4. Avoid dehydrating.
Coffee, tea, and energy drinks sap your hydration away, since caffeine is a diuretic and will cause your body to release water.
"An air conditioned environment can also be dehydrating," Torres says.
Use that as an excuse to take an out-of-office mid-day walk. For, um, a bottle of water.
5. Crack open a coconut. The benefits of coconut water have been called into question recently, but it's still a great source of electrolytes. Just don't chug liters without checking the label (and stick to the freshest source available). "Like most bottled drinks, be careful of the sugar," Torres cautions.