Loving the BITE: 6 Summer Hydrators to Improve Your Ride

Whether on the bike, in the office, or working outside, hydration is crucial for the cyclist.  It’s obvious why it’s so important when riding.  But, do you realize that chronic day-to-day dehydration can also have a huge effect on your ride?

Dehydration can be the source of fatigue, headaches, digestive issues, and more.  It also puts you into a hole going into your ride…one you’ll likely not crawl out of while riding.

This week, we have 6  great ways to keep you hydrated on and off the bike.

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Lemon Ice-Water:

Of course, plain ol’ water is great for you and works well as a hydrator.  But, you can also add benefits by adding the juice from a lemon to your glass of water.  Lemon juice is a great source of vitamin C, a powerful antioxidant, and it’s makes for a refreshing drink.  You can step it up a notch for a pre-ride drink by adding raw agave or honey, and adding sodium (see Sodium Pre-Load).

Super Health Tonic:

Alright, I don’t expect you to drink this all day long.  It’s a tough one.  It takes some motivation, and maybe even a plugged nose.  But, a one-glass-per-day health tonic Health Tonic Reciperegimen can certainly deliver less colds, less sinus problems, potential fat loss and all the plentiful benefits of raw apple cider vinegar.

Start the day with a mix of 16 oz. water, 1 Tbsp. raw apple cider vinegar, and optionally, 1 Tbsp. fresh grated ginger (1/4 tsp ground), 1/4 tsp. ground cinnamon, and 1 pinch cayenne pepper.  It’s loaded with anti-inflammatories, antioxidants, and the magic of ACV – not convinced? Read all about it here.

Ginger Berry Green Tea:

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The benefits of green tea are vast.  They include super cell-protecting antioxidants,  antibacterial properties, cholesterol plague reducers, nutrients that promote eye health, and even metabolism boosters and extra fat burn!  To make a refreshing summer green tea, brew the tea and add fresh ginger and frozen berries.  For more in-depth information and instructions, click here. Or, simply make lemon water using green tea in place of water.  Either way, you’ll be refreshed, coconutjuice-1-e1354630591105-225x300hydrated, and overflowing with antioxidants.

Coconut Water Sports Drink:

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