It is no surprise that drinking water is often the most chosen option to hydrate the body. No doubt, it is also the cheapest option and the only option among other beverages that contain no added sugars or calories. Therefore, most people choose it as the ideal drink to have throughout the day or when rehydration is needed. However, it has come to light that in order to rehydrate quickly, water might not be the only option suggested by health experts. Also, technically, it is not even the fastest way to rehydrate the body in cases of acute dehydration.
So, before you read about the fastest way to hydrate a dehydrated body, consider the most common options to rehydrate yourself daily.
Plant based milks
You probably know that oat or soya milk amongst the various plant based milks, supplies a host of nutrients to the body. Their hydrating capabilities are surprising though. For those who don’t know, these milks can have high levels of electrolytes. They can be used after an intense workout in a smoothie or protein shake, and besides hydrating the body, they also contain protein and other nutrients.
Juicy Fruits and Veggies
Juicy fruits and vegetables contain around 80 to 99% fluid. For easy understanding, highly processed food items like cookies, crackers, cereals, chips, etc., contain only 1 to 9% of fluid content. Therefore, eating plant-based foods with the most water content, like berries, melons, oranges, grapes, carrots, lettuce, cabbage, spinach, etc., is a good way to rehydrate without actually drinking water. Eating these with snacks or other food items daily will help to keep the body hydrated.
Oral Hydration Drinks/Solutions
Oral hydration solutions are by far the most advised rehydration technique by doctors. These are great options to prevent and treat dehydration issues caused by diarrhea, frequent vomiting, workout recovery, hangover recovery, etc. Oral hydration solutions contain electrolytes like Sodium, Chloride, and Potassium, apart from sugar compounds like Dextrose. Some of these solutions also contain prebiotics and zinc.
Intravenous (IV) Therapy
IV Therapy is one of the fastest methods to rehydrate those suffering from acute dehydration symptoms. It is a medical technique of intravenous fluid replacement. In this process, electrolyte-balanced fluids are directly administered into the patient’s bloodstream. Therefore, the blood cells instantly distribute the fluid throughout the body. A recent trend of IV drips at home has made people choose this option whenever needed. All that is needed to be done is taking appointments with mobile-healthcare professionals and get hydrated fast.
If you have read this far, you now know that to rehydrate quickly, there are many more options than drinking good old H2O. For people who do not enjoy the conventional water drinking, the above ways, such as eating more fruit and vegetables that contain water, are all great ways to up your water intake and to keep your hydration in check!