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February 26, 2021
Flavored water…but which flavor to choose?

Some of us make sure we consume enough water in our daily lives; some may not! According to experts, a healthy adult woman should consume about 2 liters of water per day, while a healthy adult man should consume about 2.5 liters per day. Certainly, each one’s personal needs change and depend on many different factors. For example, people living in warmer countries definitely need more water depending on the ambient temperature. Similarly, people who exercise lose a lot of body fluid, so they have to make sure they are hydrated immediately after exercise and throughout the day.

So, for those of you who find it difficult to consume enough water or do not like water so much, many other solutions have been found. Shall we go see some of them?

Aloe water or aloe juice.

Aloe is a plant that is grown mainly in tropical climates and has been used for many years to treat burns. In recent years, it is becoming more and more popular due to the positive effects it seems to have on the improvement of digestion and bowel function. In fact, some even use it in cases of psoriasis or acne. These are mainly the benefits for aloe juice and gel. The water, which is essentially a thinner form, is mainly used to better hydrate the body and enhance the digestive process.

Coconut water: Why do athletes love it so much?

The main reason is that coconut water is rich in antioxidants and is a good source of potassium and magnesium. More specifically, it contains 280 mg of potassium and 30 mg of magnesium per 100 ml, i.e. electrolytes that are lost from the body with sweat and which need to be replenished both during and after exercise. This, in order for the balance of body fluids to occur in time. As you can see, people who exercise, athletes, or people who live in warmer climates have greater needs for these minerals! But it can definitely be another drink, besides water, that is ideal to keep you hydrated!

Bamboo water? Is that a thing?

Bamboo is probably known to most of you as a material used in furniture, clothes, household items, as well as for stationery. You certainly do not believe that there is water from bamboo. It seems to have started being sold in America and its trend is becoming as popular as that of kale. Imagine how many products we will suddenly start seeing! Unfortunately, not much research has been done to support the antimicrobial and antioxidant properties it may have. However, it has been used more and more by athletes, as well as by people who want to enhance the taste of their water. What can I say? I will wait for it to come to Greece first and then, I will express my opinion!

Cactus water that is -of course- not prickly!

Another drink that has started to become a trend. In fact, this water will arouse your curiosity since it is not clear…but pink. Its color is due to the plant from which it comes and is essentially the cactus juice. Like coconut water and aloe water, cactus water seems to have similar nutrients. More specifically - although there is not yet enough information on its nutritional value - cactus water seems to be a good source of magnesium, potassium, while it is rich in antioxidants. Research has shown possible anti-inflammatory, anti-microbial, and neuroprotective properties. Sure, research is still in its infancy, but if you want to try it as a water alternative, keep in mind that it is a possible choice. It contains 8 calories per 100 ml and a few natural sugars. So, if you do try it, you should know that the best alternative is the one without added sugar, which will have fewer calories.

CBD water: What is that?

Some of you may have heard it and wondered what it is. CBD (cannabidiol) water, is cannabis water that seems to have aroused the interest and curiosity of many. Surely, cannabidiol is used for different reasons than some of you might imagine. More specifically, it is one of the compounds in the cannabis plant that has various medicinal applications and has become better known, in recent years, in the form of oil (CBD oil). But now we also find it in water. It has been found that CBD can have some benefits on the body, such as reducing stress, headaches, and inflammation. It is certain that further research needs to be done in order to confirm these benefits, as we cannot yet know if the concentration found in CBD water is sufficient to offer such benefits. The only sure thing is that if you take the risk to try it, you should check with your doctor first, especially in case you are taking any medication.

As you understand, I wanted to impress you a little with the variety of different waters that one can find in the market. You should definitely try the aloe and coconut water, while you can make other flavored waters or drinks, as we have shown here.

Do not forget that dehydration can have many effects on the health and proper function of the body. So, hydrate properly -mainly with water! - throughout the day!!!

This article was written in collaboration with the scientific advisor-sports nutritionist Anna Maria Volanaki, MSc, BDA, SENr, INDI.

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