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What Water Should I Drink?


Years ago, we would go to the garden hose for a quick drink of water. Then, water started to come in bottles that you could buy at gas stations and grocery stores. As time progressed, flavored, carbonated and protein waters were also introduced. Today, the new craze is plant-based water. This water is created with liquid or powder extract from plants. Here are a few plant-based waters that are on the market:

Aloe vera water
This water is made from powdered aloe vera leaves, sugar, water and stevia; aloe vera has a laxative effect. It also promotes skin, immunity and digestive health. Due to the laxative effect, it’s recommended that consumers do not drink this during physical activity.

Artichoke water
This beverage is composed of liquid extracted from the artichoke heart, stem, leaf and flower. It is mixed with water, sweeteners and monk fruit concentrate. Artichoke water has small amounts of vitamin A, E, C, B1, B2, B3, B6, B9 as well as fiber in each bottle. It is very low in electrolytes.

Cactus water
This refreshing drink is made from the prickly pear cactus extract, juice, water and sugar. It has very powerful antioxidants and is known for its skin-revitalizing benefits. It’s often used to cleanse and detox the body.

Coconut water
This popular water is derived from the clear liquid in coconuts. It is naturally sweet, but some brands use additional sugar in their products. This particular water is great for replenishing your body because it’s packed with electrolytes, especially potassium and magnesium. It’s also great for diarrhea-related dehydration and fluid loss.

Watermelon water
This water is made with juice from the rind of the watermelon along with lemon. Eight ounces of this liquid has double the potassium of a banana and packs a load of lycopene. This water is great for post-run recovery.

Depending on your taste and goals, you can achieve different results with each option. All of these waters can be bought at your local grocery store or online. Price per bottle ranges from $2.50 to $21.99 each and many of these products are also available by the case.

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