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The Importance of Hydration

According to the American Journal of Public Health, more than half of all children and adolescents in the United States aren’t drinking enough water. Research estimates as much as 75% of adults are chronically dehydrated.

Symptoms of dehydration include:

1. Fatigue

2. Irritability

3. Dark colored urine

4. Excessive thirst

5. Headache

6. Sugar cravings

7. Chills

8. Muscle cramps

9. Lightheadedness and confusion

10. Dry skin

11. Constipation

12. Foul-smelling breath

Dehydration is one of the most common risk factors for kidney stones and is also known to stress our cognitive functioning, including short-term memory, irritability, concentration, anxiety, and attention. On the flip side, drinking cold water and being properly hydrated can boost metabolism, which is good news for weight management.

With warmer temps and more outdoor activities, it can be easily to become dehydrated, especially as people don’t typically realize how much fluid they lose in the heat or during physical activity.

Summertime in Florida is one of the most highly anticipated times of the year for residents and visitors alike. The Sunshine State is known for its beautiful beaches, springs, theme parkings, and other outings and activities. But with the fiery temps here in beautiful Florida, we are especially at risk of dehydration.

If you’re outside in the heat for a pro-longed period of time, and/or if you’re engaging in a lot of physical activity, it’s important to take steps before, during, and after to ensure you stay properly hydrated. Water should be your main go to, but another great addition to staying hydrated on hot summer days is coconut water.

Coconut water contains 5 essential electrolytes for hydration:

  • Potassium

  • Sodium

  • Magnesium

  • Phosphorus

  • Calcium

In addition to electrolytes, coconut water is also jam-packed with antioxidants, amino acids, enzymes, vitamins, minerals, and micronutrients. With all these nutrients it comes as no surprise that studies also suggest coconut water can help increase exercise performance and boost weight loss efforts.

Other benefits of coconut water include:

  • Contains micronutrients that can help boost your immune system

  • Supports healthy blood glucose and insulin levels

  • Rich in cytokinins, plant hormones that have ben found to have anti-aging, anti-cancer, and anti-thrombolytic effects

  • Alkalizing effect on the body

  • Contains an assortment of bioactive enzymes that boost fat metabolism

  • Antimicrobial properties

  • Aids digestion and feeds friendly gut flora

Try coconut water to rehydrate after your next intense workout or day outside in the Florida heat! Enjoy the light, naturally sweet taste as your body reaps the benefits of mother nature’s very own sports drink!

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