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Thirsty? A Runner's Guide to Staying Hydrated in a Natural Way

Running is hard work, there's no denying that. But one of the most important things you need to do to ensure your body can handle it is to stay hydrated. And while you may be tempted to reach for a sports drink filled with artificial ingredients, there are plenty of natural alternatives that can do the trick.

First things first, let's talk about water. I know, I know, it's not the most exciting beverage out there, but it's essential for runners. Water is the best way to stay hydrated and it's also the best way to flush out all the toxins and waste products that your body produces during a run.

But if plain old water is too boring for you, try adding some flavor with a slice of lemon, lime, or cucumber.

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Next up, we have coconut water. This tropical drink is packed with electrolytes and potassium, making it a great choice for runners. Plus, it's a natural way to hydrate and it's also a great source of antioxidants.

But be warned, not all coconut water is created equal. Go for the kind that's organic and has no added sugar.

Another great natural hydration alternative is herbal teas. Not only do they provide hydration, but they also offer a variety of health benefits depending on the herbs used.

For example, chamomile tea is known for its calming properties, making it a great choice before bed. And peppermint tea can help soothe an upset stomach.

And let's not forget about fruits. Fruits are not only a great source of hydration, but they also provide essential vitamins and minerals. Think watermelon, strawberries, oranges, and pineapples.

These juicy fruits are not only delicious but also packed with water, making them a great choice for runners.

But what about during a run, specially trail runs where the logistics of bringing hydration to the mountain is not so feasible? It's not always easy to carry a water bottle or stop for a drink.

That's where nature comes in. Runners have been using natural sources of hydration for centuries, like streams, rivers, and even natural springs. Just make sure to check the water source before drinking to ensure it's safe and clean.

In conclusion, when it comes to staying hydrated, there are plenty of natural alternatives to sports drinks. Whether it's water with a slice of lemon, coconut water, herbal teas, fruits, or even natural water sources, there's a way to stay hydrated that will work for you.

So next time you lace up your sneakers, don't forget to bring a water bottle or find a natural source of hydration on your route.

A word of advice, if you're really out of option, no, urine is not a viable way to hydrate. But you may try to be adventurous yourself. Just don't blame me if it doesn't work out.

USANA's Electrolyte Replacement Drink
Optimize your daily routine with this tasty watermelon-flavored drink mix formulated with minerals. Calcium, magnesium, sodium, and potassium form electrolytes to support your body’s ability to stay hydrated.

Just mix with water and enjoy this refreshing drink before or after physical activity—or even on your rest day—to support your body during activity.

Health Benefits:
  • Helps replenish electrolytes lost in sweat
  • Maintains normal hydration by supporting water balance in the body

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