Drink it in

Thirsty? If you're looking for something refreshing-and healthy-to drink this summer, look no further than Pharmaca's all-natural selection of beverages. We spoke with Cat Pantaleo, nutritionist and herbalist at our downtown Boulder store, about what to drink when.

"If you're active outdoors in the summer, I recommend coconut water," says Cat. "Anytime you're dehydrated you're losing water, and losing minerals." Coconut waters contain potassium, magnesium and calcium, as well other trace minerals that can aid the rehydration process. Cat adds that it's isotonic, so it mirrors the blood's electrolyte composition. "It's a great way to prevent dehydration." Try O.N.E. Coconut Waters, or even O.N.E. with a Splash for an extra fruity flavor.

Looking for some serious energy? Try Guayaki Yerba Mate, which offers caffeine as well as important ingredients like vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. "Antioxidants do so many things-protect genes, decrease oxidative stress, promote overall health," says Cat. For a less powerful energy-booster, try Community Green Tea from Honest Tea, a refreshing, organic way to get some oomph and a slew of antioxidants (or try any of our bottled green teas from Ito En).

If you need more substantial energy, like before or after a workout, grab a Mix1 drink. Fruit juices combine with whey protein isolate and soluble fiber for a quick pick-me-up in delicious flavors like Blueberry Vanilla and Mixed Berry. The bonus is that these drinks are free of lactose, gluten and soy.

Cat also likes Reed's Ginger Brews for their digestive support. "I recommend them for people with any sort of digestive upset," says Cat. Made with fresh ginger root, pineapple juice and white clover honey, they're also the perfect, tasty alternative to high-sugar sodas. Another great alternative: Kombucha, sparkling and packed with probiotics, nutrients and fruit juice. Try Kombucha Wonder Drink in Jasmine Niagara Grape for a refreshing way to get your daily essentials.

For those who prefer something simpler, Pharmaca carries a variety of supercharged waters that make hydrating a little more, well, fun. Try Eldorado Organic Vitamin Waters for a flavorful way to get hydration and vitamins, or Essentia Purified Water with a high pH.

No matter what your summer activities, get your thirst-quenched at Pharmaca today.

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