Come summer and everyone is panting about what will keep them hydrated for a longer duration in the blazing heat. The summer heat can take a toll on your workout or run schedule and this is precisely why it’s more important than ever to focus on our fluid intake all day. Drinking 8 glasses of water will keep you hydrated but you need something that’ll keep you energized as well. Summer is the perfect time to infuse your plain drinking water with flavorful fruits like lemons and raspberries or to plate up on water-rich foods like watermelon, cucumber, and celery. If you are looking to spike your energy levels and stay hydrated at the same time, then here are 5 drinks you need to gulp down to stay fresh this summer:

1.Buttermilk

In a country like India where the sun beats down harshly in the summers, a glass of cool buttermilk is the perfect drink. It contains less fat than milk and is loaded with probiotic bacteria that are needed for better digestion. Besides this buttermilk is an excellent source of potassium, vitamin B12, riboflavin, phosphorus, and calcium.

2. Smoothies

Smoothies make the ideal summer drink because they help you blend a couple of servings of fruits or veggies in order for you to meet your body’s daily nutritional needs. Depending on what ingredients you use in your smoothie, they help you build muscle and improve athletic performance and provide your body with the nutrients it needs to recover and rebuild after working out. And since all the goodness is blended it becomes easier for your body to digest and absorb all the nutrients in a smoothie as opposed to a meal.

3. Sports drinks

Sports drinks have high levels of sugar and sodium which are required to replenish your energy levels. In addition to this the electrolytes that the energy drinks contain bring back your body faster than water after a grueling workout. Replacing lost fluids with plain water doesn’t replace electrolyte content in the body, but this isn’t usually an issue when you exercise for only a short time, but you will face this issue when you exercise for more than an hour.

Coconut water contains the five essential electrolytes that are present in the human body

4. Coconut water

Unlike sports beverages, coconut water is low in carbohydrates and extremely rich in potassium. Coconut water contains the five essential electrolytes that are present in the human body. If you’ve consistently been suffering from digestion problems, swap your cups of regular water with a couple of cups of coconut water. The fibre ensures that it averts indigestion and reduces the occurrence of acid reflux.

5. Coffee

Although coffee is a diuretic, it may not cause dehydration. Not only will your daily cup contribute towards your water needs, coffee will boost your memory, increase your athletic endurance and performance. Coffee is the perfect pre-workout drink because not only does it get you mentally ready to face the day but it also increases your mental alertness, betters your mood, and boosts your desire to run harder. Caffeine is a just a perfect way to start your morning workout session with especially a tough speed workout

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