We only replace what we waste. This never ending play of waste and replace occurs in our body to fuel its physiological function - such as when we engage in a workout or any strenuous activity.

Our body sweats and wastes metabolites as a byproduct of working out. With this we need to rehydrate and replenish lost materials to maintain homeostasis and continue with function. Enter the rows and rows of different kinds of beverages out in the market.


But not all are best in supplementing us after a workout. And water is not the be all and end all of rehydration.

A 2016 study in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition claimed that full fat and skim milk were more hydrating than water, and compared to other beverages such as your regular isotonic drinks, cola, tea, orange juice among others.

As what heavily commercialized sports drinks claim, yes, they do get the job done—especially if you’ve really been pushing yourself and sweating profusely in workouts. Sports drink helps in rehydrating athletes and restores lost metabolites.

But Milk works best in fluid retention (to battle dehyrdration), replenishes lost electrolytes and metabolites, and are great sources of protein, carbohydrates, vitamins and minerals which aids in recovery post strenuous activity.

“Drinks containing some carbohydrate in the form of sugars and electrolytes, usually sodium, can be absorbed by the body more quickly than pure water and therefore allow rehydration to happen more rapidly,” says Bridget Benelam, a public health researcher with the British Nutrition Foundation.

But it doesn’t mean you have to drink a half gallon of milk after work out. Desbrow says you can drink a glass of milk followed by water.

With more people recognizing the importance of fitness and physical activity, there is a higher need for beverages that compliments the lifestyle. In that sense there's a greater risk for people to fall to dehydration, and it's crucial to know the best option available.

Words by: Cj Lampad

Source: Heid, M. (2017, July 27). You Asked: What’s the Best Way to Rehydrate—Besides Drinking Water? Retrieved September 18, 2017, from http://time.com/4873725/dehydration-drink-water/