Healthy Drinks for Dancers

5 Healthy Drinks Every Dancer Should Have

Amelia Johnson is the founder of  stayhealthyways.com.  In her recent article, 5 Healthy Drinks Every Dancer Should Have, Amelia stresses the importance of dancers having a high intake of water or fluids to prevent dehydration and its consequences.

She recommends the best water-alternative drinks for dancers to boost their energy level:

Lemon Water

Squeeze a freshly cut lemon into a glass of water.

  • Sipping small amounts of lemon water before, during and after a session may help in keeping your body hydrated
  • elevates energy levels
  • the natural acid in lemon is similar to the acid in the stomach that aids the breakdown of food and promotes digestion

Herbal Tea/Green Tea

Herbal teas are made using beneficial herbs and usually lack the caffeine content.

  • Dancers who experience regular muscle stiffness and aches can benefit from mint tea after dance sessions for complete relaxation. Mint is an antispasmodic so may relieve soreness.
  • Green tea has a high concentration of antioxidants and zero calories, so it hydrates the body without adding any weight. It supports endurance and may help build strength and stamina. A cup of green tea before a dancing session can boost energy, and when consumed after dancing, it relaxes and revitalises the body while making up for the lost water levels.

Infused Water

Use a fruit infuser water bottle to create flavoured water without sugar. The goodness of the fruit will slowly infuse with the water.

Fresh Fruit Juices

Fresh fruit juices replace lost water and replenish glucose levels. They revitalise the body by adding the lost nutrients.

  • Orange juice contains a large amount of powerful antioxidants that strengthen the immune system and protects against diseases.
  • A glass of beetroot juice just before a dance session increases strength and stamina, eliminating fatigue and maintaining high energy levels.

Milk

Milk is great for dancers as it helps maintain good bone health while increasing fluid intake. It reduces stress fractures in dancers while reducing other common injuries that may occur due to weak bones. Milk also contains vitamins and phosphorus that helps in strengthening the bones.

Dancers can choose from a variety of milk – cows, soy or almond:

  • Milk helps dancers supplement their protein levels. Cow’s milk contains a good amount of protein, calcium as well as vitamin D and phosphorus.
  • Unsweetened Almond milk is a good source of calcium and is a low calories alternative for dancers.

 

Full article – 5 Healthy Drinks Every Dancer Should Have by Amelia Johnson


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