The Importance of Hydration

The importance of hydration

We all know we’re supposed to drink lots of water. But it’s hard to do as it literally tastes of nothing, however it can be a great thirst quencher. You should always avoid the feeling of thirst, as this generally means you are dehydrated.

Below are the best drinks for keeping enough fluid in you, especially during this intense heat? The first three are your best choices and so easy.


Plain pure water is the best way to hydrate.

Fruit-infused water

Drinking plain water all day can be dull but infusing your water with fruit can make it more interesting. Our favorite and easy combinations! Lime slices and fresh basil, watermelon pieces, lemon slices and cucumber with fresh mint.


As milk is so much thicker than water it’s not an obvious option, but that’s not the case. Milk also has other benefits as it contains vitamin D and calcium so it’s a fuel drink for those hot days.

Coconut water

Coconut water (one of my favourites) boasts 95 percent water content, which is actually better than fruit juice. It’s also healthier than juices and sports drinks when it comes to sugar content and added ingredients, but always go for the 100% natural with no added sugars.

Fruit juice

Fruit juice contains about 85 percent water, which makes it super hydrating (again make sure you’re picking 100 percent fruit juice). The vitamins within natural fruit juices are also an additional health boost. Always check sugar content as many fruit juices have hidden sugars that can prevent hydration.


Watermelon isn’t a drink…but every time you eat watermelon, you’re retaining 92 percent of the liquid you’re eating. It’s actually better than fruit juice and delicious!

The worst drinks for dehydration

Fizzy drinks

Soft drinks often contain caffeine, sugar and sodium that are not only bad for your teeth and bones they will not hydrate you. The popular drinks of diet coke, fanta orange and fanta lemon will do nothing for you. Sparkling water could be an option with a fruit infusion.


So many people believe that beer is hydrating as it’s such a thirst quencher but it actually has the opposite effect. Beer will remove water from your tissues which means you will have to double up on water if you fancy one or two. There are many light beers around nowadays.

Wine and hard liquor

Any alcoholic drink over 10 percent alcohol strength is a dehydrator! Wine is not as bad as hard liquors like whisky, brandy, vodka and gin etc…One idea is to make a spritzer, half wine and sparkling water which can be enjoyed as a long drink over ice. However most wines are around 12%, so moderation is the key.

Cocktails with hard liquors, like tequila, vodka and rum, can be deceiving, especially if the recipes also include fruit juice. Keep yourself hydrated by always drinking one glass of water for every alcoholic beverage you have—and consider switching to something less potent (like beer or wine)!

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