Did you know that 58-60 percent of your body is composed of water? And that good hydration keeps you healthy and active, plus helps your performance in sports and activities? Be aware, however, of problems if you don’t drink enough water. Headaches, dizziness, palpitations (rapid, strong, or irregular heartbeat)… can be signs of dehydration.

 

There are plenty of options out there now for hydration. Selecting the right drink for your activity depends on the intensity and the duration of your activity, but let’s remember, what hydrates your body is one amazing fluid: water! For most light physical activities and leisure activities (e.g., walking, light running, low-impact sports) that last up to 30 minutes or one hour, drinking pure water every 15 minutes replenishes the fluids that you need.  

 

Sports drinks on the market offer fluids, carbohydrates (which keeps you energized), and electrolytes (sodium, potassium, magnesium, calcium, which help the fluid balance within the body and also helps muscle function). These nutrient-packed drinks are recommended for high-intensity and long-duration physical activities. If you exercise mildly for the purpose of weight loss, drinking a bottle of sports drink is not a good idea, it probably replaces the calories you just burned because of the high carbohydrate content in most sports drinks.

 

If you’re looking for a drink high in potassium and magnesium and low in sodium and calories, coconut water gives you a good alternate option. It hydrates your body naturally and sufficiently for your leisure activities. And no worry about gaining extra weight. As per your activity needs, adding a pinch of sea salt and a squeeze of lime juice to coconut water can make a great DIY sports drink as well.