Monday, June 23, 2014

Let Mother Nature Help with Summer Rehydration

     The summer heat is upon us and drinking spirits can add to your summer dehydration.   Here is an idea that might help with the problem.  Natural coconut water is a great electrolyte to help replenish you fluids loss to heat and sweating.   "Coconut water may be better at replacing lost fluids than a sports drink or water -- as long as you enjoy the taste. A study recently published in Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise shows that coconut water replenishes body fluids as well as a sports drink and better than water but the athletes preferred the taste of the sports drinks."

     This is an idea that might help if you are drinking alcoholic beverages in hot weather.   Down here in the tropics the local myth is have a glass of water between cocktails and it will keep you hydrated.  I'm afraid that it will take a bit more than that, but by having a cocktail made with coconut water and eating a few pretzels or maybe a banana along with the water between cocktails you might be able to better maintain your safe hydration levels in the heat of the summer.

Bahama Bob's Hydration Cocktail
  • 2 oz.  Brinley Gold Mango Rum
  • 1 Banana
  • 4 pieces of Pineapple  (Fresh if Available)
  • 2 oz.  Vida Coco Sugar free Coconut Water
  • 1 oz.  Orange Juice

Place all ingredients into a blender with a cup or so of ice and blend until smooth.  Pour into a pint glass and garnish with fresh fruits.
     This is not a cure all, but it can't hurt to put some thought into your cocktails if you are out in the heat this summer.  Keeping hydrated is really important when you are drinking out on the boat or working in your backyard, it is really easy to get dehydrated and really sick as a result.  Alcoholic beverages add to the dehydration problem, but with a little bit of thought about what you put into your cocktails, you can help the situation.  Drink Smart this Summer, watch for any signs of dehydration.  ;o)