Natural Hydration

Hot new trends to keep you cool for summer

This summer, more and more people will turn to new and more natural beverages to stay hydrated and healthy. While water is always a winner, there are several options out there that pack an extra punch of nutrients and functional ingredients. Next time you are in your natural health food store make sure to grab a few of our new favourites, including maple water, coconut water, and kombucha to quench your thirst.

Our first choice for summer hydration is a new beverage that’s close to home: maple water. Spring is maple syrup season, when maple farmers across the country tap their trees and boil down the sap to make maple syrup. What many Canadians do not know is, in its purest form, maple sap is an extremely effective summer hydrator.  Filled with minerals such as potassium, calcium, magnesium and manganese, this low calorie beverage can provide energy without spiking your blood sugar. New research published in the Journal of Functional Foods has shown that maple water is also rich in organic acids and disease-fighting phytonutrients. It doesn’t get tastier (or healthier) than this local treat.

Another trendy drink that continues to make a splash this summer is coconut water. This sweet and nutty drink works to keep thirst at bay while providing you with an infusion ofnatural electrolytes. With no artificial colours or sweeteners, it has fewer calories, less sodium, and more potassium than many sports drinks. A new and exciting variation on this theme is coconut water powder. Perfect for on-the-go or when you’re travelling, it’s tasty and packed with electrolytes to add to your reusable water bottle. Whether you pour yourself a glass, or add a splash into your summer smoothie, don’t forget this drink when searching for ways to quench your summer thirst.

Kombucha is another drink experiencing a revival this summer. This beverage is produced by fermenting black tea using a symbiotic colony of bacteria and yeast. A growing body of research is confirming the health benefits associated with kombucha. Not only is it a potent hydrator, but it can also support liver detoxification.

Whatever your flavour, CHFA encourages all Canadians to stay hydrated and healthy this summer.