At GolfbyJosh we strive to bring you all things new and modern from within Golfing world, and some helpful tips to help optimise your performance. We are always searching for the latest and newest products along with innovative approaches to the modern game. We see Golf as a sport and sports are played by athletes, so do you hydrate like an athlete on the course?
Everyone has their own traditions and habits, especially when it comes to nutrition, but here are a few hydration tips from our nutritionist Vanessa Arias. These tips will help to maintain your energy and hydration now summer is on the way!
Coconut water is full of so many natural health benefits, including electrolytes and potassium. Not only will it keep you naturally hydrated on the course, but it will also provide you with energy too, without the hidden ingredients. Organic coconut water is the best option as it will contain no artificial ingredients, and try to avoid any that is from concentrate! Unless you find yourself on a tropical island, you will have to buy your coconut water from a health food shop or supermarket, it is easily accessible and comes in a few flavours, and is usually found chilled.
Water is sometimes simply not enough to replace lost minerals and many players tent to head straight for the energy drinks. The problems with this are that they often contain lots of sugar and additives that can actually be detrimental to your performance. Coconut water is a natural energy drink and will hydrate you more than mineral water alone.
OTHER BENEFITS OF COCONUT WATER ARE
- Stress Reduction
- Increased Blood Flow
- Regulates Blood Pressure
HIMALAYAN SALT & LEMON WATER
This is a quick and easy one, but extremely effective. To do this you will need a packet of ground Pink Himilayan Salt and a couple of lemons. Simply drop 2 or 3 small Crystals in 500ml of water, then add some squeezed lemon juice, the amount depends on how strong you want it to taste and thats it!
The combination of the two ingredients will help to replace salts lost through sweating, whilst tasting great. Make sure you only use mineral water, and avoid tap water as this will be more beneficial. Tap water contains chemicals such as oestrogen that will have a negative effect the body when playing. This recipe is a similar concept to energy drinks but a more natural form without the added E numbers or sugar!
This one needs a little bit more pre preparation but it's well worth It!! Remember you can always add or take away things to this recepie too, but we think it tastes great as it is.
You will need......
- 1 cup of pineapple, peeled and chopped
- 1 medium orange, peeled
- 1 cup raspberries
- 1 medium banana, peeled
- 1 cup almond milk
- 1 cup crushed ice
Throw all the ingredients in a blender and once you have made the smoothie, put it in the fridge to cool, then in your bag. Drink it throughout the whole round, and not all at once, this will keep you energised and hydrated all the way, with some spare after you finish.
If you do feel like you need a little more hydration, take some good old fashioned mineral water (or Himalayan salt water) along with you, and vary between the two.
This article was guest written by Vanessa Arias, the golf nutritionist from www.ladiesgolfdiary.com
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