Staying hydrated is one of the most important ways to keep yourself healthy. As a dancer hydration becomes even more important, as it directly impacts your flexibility, endurance, and recovery. Drinking water is the most common way to hydrate, but there are lots of other ways to make sure your body is getting enough water. Here are a few of them.
Like we said above, water is the easiest way to keep yourself hydrated. There are lots of different types of water you can drink, but the best water to drink is water that has been purified and filtered to remove chemicals and heavy metals. You can buy water that’s already purified from brands like Life Water and Evian, or you can invest in a filter to purify your water at home. Another great way to keep your body hydrated is by drinking alkaline water from brands like Essentia. Alkaline water helps stabilize your pH, so you can recover quickly from workouts.
Homemade Electrolyte Drinks
When people think of electrolyte drinks, they automatically think of brands like Gatorade and Powerade. However, while these drinks do contain electrolytes, they also have lots of sugar in them too. A better way to get the electrolytes you need to recover and stay hydrated is by making your own electrolyte drinks at home. All you have to do is stir in a pinch of Himalayan Pink Salt to your water. You can use other, high quality sea salts, but Himalayan Salt is the best. Along with sodium, it contains other trace minerals like potassium, magnesium, and calcium, that all help with keeping you hydrated for longer.
Celery is an excellent source of naturally-occurring antioxidants, vitamins, minerals, and electrolytes, along with being made mostly of water. Because of this, celery water is extremely helpful in preventing dehydration and helping with other issues like bloating, weight loss, high cholesterol and more. It’s relatively easy to make: all you need to do is blend celery, and strain out the fibrous parts if you don’t like pulp.
Homemade Lemon Water (Or Lemonade)
When life gives you lemons…make lemon water. Lemons contain lots of antioxidants, Vitamin C, and citrate, all of which help with hydration and overall health. When you make your lemon water, always use fresh lemons. Cut in half and squeeze into an 8oz glass of warm or cold water, or use a handheld juicer for maximum effect. You can also add extras like honey for lemonade, mint, cinnamon, ginger, or turmeric, depending on your preferences.
Coconut water is high in potassium, electrolytes, and natural, healthy sugars, making it a great way to stay hydrated and replace necessary minerals and sugars after a workout. However, because of coconut water’s popularity, it’s important to make sure the water you’re drinking is pure. Avoid coconut water made from concentrate or that contains additives – these drinks aren’t natural and won’t be as good for you in the long run.
Not only are beets delicious in salads and soups, they’re good for hydration too! Beet juice is known to lower blood pressure, reduce inflammation, improve athletic performance, and help with hydration largely because of the essential vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants beets contain. To make beet juice, all you need to do is thoroughly wash your beets, cut off the tops, chop into small pieces, and juice or blend until smooth.
These six different drinks are all great for keeping you hydrated even on the hottest, and the breadth of options gives you some room to mix it up when you get bored. Hydration is an important part of your short and long term health, and is especially important for athletes and dancers.