Whatever Wednesday: Hydration

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Everyone knows hydration is important for your body. This is especially important when you are adventuring in outdoors.

Coconut water is my go to hydration source on the trails. It’s tasty and has many health benefits. It’s packed with vitamins, minerals and electrolytes. Each coconut water brand tastes slightly different to me. My personal favorite is C2O.

Low in calories, naturally fat- and cholesterol free, more potassium than four bananas, and super hydrating – these are just a few of the many benefits.

It has fewer calories, less sodium, and more potassium than a sports drink. Ounce per ounce, most unflavored coconut water contains 5.45 calories, 1.3 grams sugar, 61 milligrams (mg) of potassium, and 5.45 mg of sodium compared to Gatorade, which has 6.25 calories, 1.75 grams of sugar, 3.75 mg of potassium, and 13.75 mg of sodium.

Now, did you know that coconut water is also good for dogs? Xena absolutely loves it! I fill my 2L Camelbak reservoir with a mixture of cold coconut water and water (about 70/30 ratio, just personal preference) and we share on the trail. This seems to be enough for us for 5-7 mile hikes during winter. For hikes longer than that, I take one more liter.

Not only is coconut water safe for dogs, but it has many potential health benefits, too. When coconut water is fed to dogs, it has been shown to clear skin conditions, sweeten dog breath, condition their fur and even ease arthritis.

After switching her over to the coconut water mixture, she is no longer sluggish toward the end of long hikes and she now asks for water breaks! You want to know how much your dog should be drinking water? Please click here for more details. Stay hydrated my friends. 🙂

Hydration

Happy Hiking!

 

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