Staying hydrated: alternatives to water Staying hydrated: alternatives to water

Staying hydrated: alternatives to water

Special 10 August, 2017 Isabel Vallejo


Despite water being many people’s first choice to staying hydrated, a recent study shows that there may be more effective alternatives.

Extreme heat, intense exercise or common illnesses such as diarrhea can make the body lose large amounts of liquid in a short period of time. Replenishing those liquids is key to preventing dehydration, which can affect how some organs function and cause headaches, fatigue and poor disposition (also read:  Know the symptoms of dehydration).

A good way to stay healthy is to drink the recommended amount of water. However, a recent study published in the journal “Clinical Nutrition” suggests that drinking (whole and low-fat) milk, orange juice or oral hydration solutions can be more effective to keeping you hydrated in the long term.

The study found that these beverages contain electrolytes that help replace nutrients in the body. Milk and hydration solutions have high concentrations of sodium and potassium, while orange juice has an average concentration of potassium. These make for some good alternatives when it comes to staying hydrated.