No matter how good it is for us, many people would rather slurp on something more interesting than “regular” water. So it’s a good thing there are plenty of “trendy” types on the market at the moment, each declaring about how they can benefit your body in different ways than regular H2O.
With the upcoming summer months, whether you’re keeping fit or simply lazing around on the beach, there’s nothing like the sun to leave you lacking in hydration. It takes as little as being one per cent dehydrated to bring on the feeling of thirst and research shows that even mildly it can reduce everyday mental performance.
But which one should you go for? We’ve weighed up two alternatives to guzzling the see-through stuff so you can make up your mind.
Coconut water What are the benefits? It’s full of naturally occurring potassium and essential electrolytes. Although lesser known brands may be, Vita Coco is never made from concentrate. They pick, pack and crack the fresh young coconuts directly at source, to offer a natural route to hydration. Not to be confused with coconut milk, the water contains zero fat and has no added colourings, preservatives or flavourings. It has 50% less sugar than juices and smoothies. Any cons? At 18 calories per 100ml Vita Coco definitely has more than “normal” water but if you’re after something with more taste, this might be a good compromise. Who else drinks it? Vita Coco a loyal following from celebrities and athletes to fashion editors, fitness gurus and beauty experts. Sienna Miller, Rihanna, Madonna, Halle Berry, Jessica Simpson, the Kaiser Chiefs and Jay-Z are all celebrities who have been spotted consuming it. The Brazilians have been drinking it for years. So have people in India, Southeast Asia, the Caribbean and anywhere else that the sun shines and the coconut palm grows. Where can I get it? Spinneys, Choithrams, Carrefour, Geant and many office sites, sports outlets and leading independents including Yoga Room, Engine Health and Fitness, Jumeriah Beach Hotel and Sweatshop Studios stock it. As well as the original, Vita Coco is available in three fruity flavours; Pineapple, Lemonade, and Peach & Mango. Get it in 330ml, 500ml or 1 litre.
Alkaline water What are the benefits? With powerful electrolytes and a high PH, it provides hydration and is a beverage without any sugar, carbohydrates or calories. When adding fulvic trace minerals to pure water, the water turns black and that special ingredient has been proven to be high in antioxidants, providing increased energy, while removing body toxins. It also assists in the transport of nutrients to cells, extending the amount of time that the nutrients remain active. Fulvic trace minerals also increase the metabolism of proteins, helping to rebuild the immunity and increasing bioavailability of nutrients and minerals in the body. A bottle from the brand blk. delivers 77 trace minerals, elements, electrolytes, and antioxidants, holding a high Ph of 8 and providing the same benefits as leading sports drinks and functional beverages. It contains no carbs, calories, sugars, or caffeine. Any cons? Those who don’t like the lack of flavour in regular water may be disappointed as it tastes just like the normal kind.
Who else drinks it? It’s being spotted with everyone from Victoria’s Secret models to fashion designers like Olivier Rousteing or Rick Owens.
Where can I get it? blk. water is available from: Wanna Banana - Open daily 9am - 10pm Kite Beach Kiosk, Umm Suqeim 4, Dubai Salt food van (@FindSalt) - Kite Beach O Concept