These new waters do more than just hydrate by offering vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and electrolytes, too.
Infused with trace minerals like calcium, magnesium, sodium, and potassium, alkaline water maintains a pH of 9.5 (neutral is 7). Enthusiasts say drinking alkaline water can counteract the effects of eating too many acid producing animal products and not enough alkaline-making produce—important for bone and muscle health. To this point, one study published in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found that older adults who followed an alkaline diet for three years maintained more muscle mass than the control participants.
This slightly bittersweet water comes from the clear liquid found in young green coconuts. Coconut water naturally contains high levels of electrolytes like potassium, magnesium, and calcium. In remote areas of the world, doctors have successfully used coconut water intravenously to rehydrate patients in emergencies.
Refreshing melon waters contain one cold-pressed ingredient: watermelon. Perfect as a natural sports drink, melon water is rich in anti-infammatory antioxidants, potassium, and citrulline, a muscle-supporting amino acid. Some melon waters incorporate the watermelon rind, which contains even higher concentrations of citrulline.
Popular in Latin America, cactus water is made with juice and extract from the prickly pear cactus blended with water and other natural ingredients such as lemon and stevia. Prickly pear itself is rich in antioxidants and carotenoids, magnesium, and vitamin C. Southwestern folk medicine uses prickly pear cactus fruit and juice to treat maladies from diabetes to hangovers.
Article from July/August 2015 Living Healthy Everyday Magazine. Download your copy here.