Staying hydrated is important for anyone, but is particularly crucial when you are a frequent or first-time plasma donor. Dehydration can lead to light-headedness, headaches, low blood pressure, and, could result in an incomplete donation. Since plasma is 92% water, it is critical to be well hydrated before and after you donate and avoid things that dehydrate your body like alcohol and smoking. However, who wants to spend the time finding and chugging water all day? It’s time-consuming, and involves frequent bathroom trips. B Positive Insider has compiled a list of healthy alternatives to drinking your water!
Eat your veggies raw
Raw vegetables and fruits harbor the most water. Water is where most of the nutrients in fruit and vegetables lie, so munch on them uncooked! The heavy hitters are cucumbers (95% water), cantaloupe (95%), celery (95%), peppers (92%), cauliflower (92%), baby carrots (87%), and berries (87% to 92%).
Juicing cucumber and blending watermelon for smoothies will definitely boost your water intake, and also taste great! You can even make watermelon ice pops after you have blended them.
Bananas contain potassium and magnesium, which are key for replenishing electrolytes in the body after sweating and balance and regulate fluids in the body. Great in smoothies as a substitute for ice cubes, or homemade ice cream! Just make sure you remove the peel before freezing. Once bananas have been in the freezer 5 hours or longer, pulse in a high-speed blender or food processor 15 times, or blend for 2 minutes. Scrape the sides, then, voila! You have ice cream!
Freeze coconut water for ice cubes
Coconut water has magnesium and potassium like bananas, with added boosts of electrolytes and B vitamins. Enjoy coconut water ice cubes in a smoothie, cocktail, or water to remain hydrated or rehydrate in a healthy way. Just be careful not to over-indulge, as coconut water has a higher sodium content than water.
And if you still like hydrating the old-fashioned way, slice up cucumbers and lemons and let them soak in your water pitcher or thermos for a delicious taste and extra boost! Just make sure you let soak 4 hours prior to drinking for the full flavor and dose of vitamin C!
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