Whether you’re enjoying the park with your family or exercising outdoors, it’s important to stay hydrated, especially during the hot summer months. Dehydration is easily preventable by following these three simple tips, and you don’t have to stick to just water. You may be surprised to learn that both white milk and chocolate milk are great hydration options, too.
Beat the Heat and Stay Hydrated this Summer
Why milk is a great hydration option
(Family Features) It’s summertime, which means it’s time to get out and enjoy the sunshine. But be warned, with the sun comes the heat. Whether you’re enjoying the park with your family or exercising outdoors, it’s important to stay hydrated, especially during the hot summer months.
Staying properly hydrated can keep the heat from ruining your outdoor fun. Dehydration can be a serious bummer. Luckily, it’s easily preventable, and you don’t have to stick to just water. You may be surprised to learn that both white milk and chocolate milk are great hydration options, too.
Lowfat chocolate milk has the right carb-to-protein ratio to help recover after a tough outdoor (or indoor) workout. Plus, fat free milk and full fat milk rank higher for hydration than other beverages like water and sports drinks, according to a study. Both types of milk improved hydration status and kept study participants hydrated longer compared to other beverages, which researchers attributed to the electrolytes sodium and potassium – both naturally found in milk.
Here are three simple tips to stay hydrated all summer long:
Staying properly hydrated doesn’t have to be difficult. Try this Super Food Smoothie for a refreshing and delicious way to hydrate. For more information and recipe ideas, visit milklife.com.
Super Food Smoothie
Nutrition information per serving: 230 calories; 1 g fat; 0 g saturated fat; 0 mg cholesterol; 6 g protein; 50 g carbohydrates; 5 g fiber; 0 mg sodium; 150 mg calcium (15% of daily value). Nutrition figures based on using fat free milk.
¹ Maughan RJ, Watson P, Cordery PA, Walsh NP, Oliver SJ, Dolci A, Rodriguez-Sanchez N, Stuart DR. A randomized trial to assess the potential of different beverages to affect hydration status: development of a beverage hydration index. American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. 2015;103:1-7.
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