Hydration and Wellness Beverages: What You Need to Know

Hydration and wellness beverages go hand in hand. Water is still the best way to hydrate your body, but it doesn’t have to be boring. You can add flavor and nutrition to your water by infusing it with fruits, herbs, or spices.

You can also try some wellness drinks available in the market, such as green tea, kombucha, or beet juice. These drinks offer various health benefits, such as antioxidants, probiotics, and nitrates, that can boost your immune system, revamp your digestion, and lower your blood pressure.  

This article will dive into the expanding world of hydration, from revitalizing alternatives to plain water to high-tech tools for tracking fluid intake.

Discover the unique health properties of trendy hydration sources like coconut water, fruit-infused water, collagen drinks, and more.

We’ll also explore the latest smart bottle and app technology, taking personalized hydration to the next level. You may be surprised to learn how many healthy, functional beverage options are available today to keep you optimally hydrated and feeling your best.

But first, let’s start with a sweet warning.

What You Should Know Before Having a Sweetened Beverage

You should be careful not to consume too much added sugar from wellness drinks, as it can adversely affect your health. According to the CDC, Americans should adjust their consumption of added sugars to less than 10% of their total daily calories. 

Don’t panic, but according to the US Department of Agriculture, the average intake of added sugars for adults is about 17 teaspoons, which is above the recommended limit. 

I know life is sweet, but still, we need to watch out for sugary drinks. 

Though delicious, they can be unhealthy.

According to a paper by Nature Journal, sugar consumption has multiplied by 3 over the last 50 years.

Why is this a problem?

Excess sugar intake may increase the risk of obesity, diabetes, and heart disease. Therefore, you should always check the nutrition labels of the drinks you buy and choose the ones with low or no added sugar. 

Alternatively, you can make your own wellness drinks home with natural ingredients and sweeteners.

The tips and insights will help you prioritize your daily fluid needs. You’ll learn quick ways to make drinking water less boring, discover exciting beverage options that pack extra nutrition into every sip, and leverage technology to monitor and optimize your personal hydration habits. 

Just be warned—after reading this, you may never settle for an ordinary, maybe even dull, glass of water again! 

The age of functional hydration has arrived.

Why Are Water and Hydration Important?

According to the CDC, water is vital for life, constituting 50-75% of our body weight, depending on age. It is crucial for cellular homeostasis and proper bodily functioning.

While plain water is an excellent way to hydrate, other delicious and nutritious beverages can contribute to your daily fluid needs.

Research indicates that the average adult should consume around 2-3 liters of total fluid daily from both foods and beverages.

Beverages alone provide approximately 80% of total daily fluid intake. After plain water, the most popular hydrating beverages include coffee, tea, milk, soda, juice, sports drinks, and alcohol. While they vary in nutritional value, all of these drinks contribute to your daily hydration needs to some extent.

Please note that the consumption of soft drinks should be moderated due to their high sugar content and potential adverse health effects1. To ensure optimal hydration throughout the day, The Mayo Clinic recommends you consider carrying a water bottle with you and drinking fluids regularly, especially during periods of physical activity.

Beyond your usual cup of coffee or glass of juice, there are many trendy and health-conscious hydration options to explore:

Coconut water 

The clear liquid inside coconuts is loaded with electrolytes like potassium and magnesium. It’s nature’s sports drink, ideal after a challenging workout. The light, sweet taste makes it a refreshing alternative to plain water. Just watch out for added sugars in some commercial brands.

Herbal tea 

Opt for uncaffeinated varieties like chamomile, peppermint, or hibiscus. The water content paired with antioxidants makes tea a hydrating and soothing beverage. Brew it hot or chill it over ice for a flavorful way to increase fluid intake.  

Fruit-infused water  

Add sliced fruits like lemon, lime, watermelon, or berries to water for a hint of natural sweetness. The fruit juices give plain water an extra flavor kick without added sugars or calories. Infuse a pitcher in the fridge so cold fruit water is always on hand.

Vegetable juice 

While fruits are better known for their high water content, veggies are mostly water by weight. Drinking vegetable juices like tomato, carrot, celery, or green juices adds nutrient-dense hydration to your day. Go for low-sodium options with minimal added sugars.

Hydration comes in many forms. When aiming for better health and wellness, think beyond water and drink a spectrum of unsweetened, low-sodium beverages. Experiment with smoothies, sparkling waters, milk, decaf coffee, and tea. And always trust your thirst – it’s your body’s way of telling you to drink up!

Do Hydration Monitoring Tools Exist?

In today’s tech-savvy world, many tools are available to help monitor and optimize your daily fluid intake. With rising interest in health and wellness, hydration apps and smart water bottles have become popular ways to, with a bit of help from technology, stay on top of your daily water consumption game.

Hydration reminder apps like Plant Nanny, Hydro Coach, and Aqualert use fun plant animations and alert systems to prompt you to log in and drink water regularly.

They allow you to set personalized daily water goals based on age, weight, activity level, etc. The apps visually track your progress and remind you when it’s time for your next glass.

Some even integrate with fitness trackers and analyze variables like sweat loss. 

Taking it further, smart water bottles like HidrateSpark, Thermos Hydration, and the Nalgene Sustain sync to your phone and automatically log your sips.

Embedded sensors detect when you take a drink and send the data to an app. The bottles light up as reminders to drink, with some even glowing to indicate if you’re on track to meet your daily target. The technology takes the effort out of manually tracking intake. 

These hydration tools tap into the wider self-care and quantified self-movements. With health issues like fatigue, headaches, and cramping often linked to mild dehydration, people are looking for ways to objectively monitor their fluid levels and prevent deficits that impact well-being.

Being mindful of hydration has become part of an overall wellness regimen.  

Advanced technology allows anyone to analyze their hydration needs, set customized goals, and track progress. While simply drinking when thirsty is an adequate rule of thumb for many, hydration tools give those seeking optimum health and performance greater insight into their drinking habits.

Easy access to fluid intake data motivates people to sip consistently throughout the day for proper hydration.

 Functional Beverages – Hydration Plus Health Benefits

When choosing a beverage, water is an obvious go-to for proper hydration. But, there is a growing market of functional beverages that provide hydration plus additional nutrients, adaptogens, and health-promoting compounds.

These beverages offer the hydration and refreshment you expect from a drink with the added bonus of supplemental benefits.

Sports drinks are a popular functional beverage, containing electrolytes like sodium and potassium to replenish what’s lost through sweat during intense physical activity. The extra electrolytes promote fluid absorption and help maintain optimal hydration levels.

Energy drinks provide hydration, caffeine, and amino acids for sustained energy, focus, and alertness. 

Collagen beverages are increasingly popular for their protein content and potential anti-aging properties. Collagen peptides added to water may support skin elasticity, joint health, and injury recovery.

Herbal teas infuse water with bioactive botanicals like ginseng, ginkgo biloba, and guarana to provide antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and calming effects alongside hydration. S

ome Kombucha drinks even contain probiotics to support gut health.

Functional waters also add supplemental ingredients to plain water. Varieties include vitamin waters with added B vitamins, electrolyte waters, and relaxation waters with L-theanine.

With endless formulations possible, functional waters provide hydration while targeting specific wellness goals.

Even coconut water and tart cherry juice offer hydration and unique nutritional benefits. 

The functional beverage market provides options to hydrate your body in innovative ways. Besides quenching thirst, these drinks deliver supplemental nutrition, energy, focus, relaxation, and recovery.

They make achieving optimum wellness more convenient by packing added nutrients into a refreshing beverage you can enjoy anytime, anywhere.

So next time you reach for a drink, consider upgrading your usual to a functional beverage.

Your body and mind will thank you!

Serg Valencia

Serg Valencia

Serg Valencia is a Longevity Ghostwriter and Master in Neuroscience empowering longevity pioneers to communicate their life-extending vision.

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