Detox and recovery waters you should and shouldn’t drink
In this article we will try to determine, according to science researches, which recovery waters are worth drinking and which aren’t.
1. Watermelon water – Yes
Watermelon water has a lot of health benefits due to its high content of potassium, lycopene, vitamin C, and of course, water. And it has just 60 calories in 8 ounces.
2. Coconut water – Yes
Coconut water is a great alternative to sports drinks due to its high potassium content. Coconut water is found in the center of young, green coconuts. It can help prevent muscle cramps by providing adequate hydration and potassium, but it’s quite low in sodium, which is an important electrolyte you need to replace after a hard workout. For better results, pair coconut water with foods containing potassium and sodium, such as a banana and peanut butter (but not a no-salt version) or yogurt to help replenish after a heavy workout.
3. Lemon and cayenne water – No
This drink (lemon juice, maple syrup, and a kick of cayenne) is maybe good for cleansing purposes, but as to its nutritious aspect it can offer not much health benefits, except for a small amount of vitamin C.
4. Cactus water – No
Cactus water is made from the fruit of the prickly-pear cactus, not directly from the cactus itself. Cactus water is loaded with antioxidants, but doesn’t contain a lot of nutritional value, it’s just mostly carbs, so you will drink pretty flavored water.
5. Aloe Vera water – No
Aloe vera is a well known remedy for soothing burned skin, but it’s hard to tell if aloe vera water will be as helpful for your body. There are claims that aloe water contains amino acids, vitamins, minerals and antioxidants beneficial for your health, but there is not much scientific evidence to support these claims. It lacks electrolytes such as sodium and potassium, compared to other recovery waters. But still it can be quite refreshing.
6. Maple water – No
Maple water contains not so many antioxidants and minerals as all the brands may tout. Mostly it’s sugar and 30-50% of the daily recommended amount of manganese, which is helps in collagen production, blood sugar control, and bone health. But you can find the same amount of manganese in one cup of strawberries or Swiss chard. So maple water appears to be little more than maple flavored water with sugar.