The right way to hydrate during a workout, according to a doctor

You probably know by now that it's important to stay hydrated when you exercise, especially if you're working out as much as you should. But one thing you may not know is the right way to do it.

Water is obviously great, but if you're someone who likes a bit of flavor while you hydrate, you may want to get your hands on some WTRMLN WTR. It's cold-pressed juiced watermelon that's actually become pretty popular among celebs like Taylor Swift, Madonna and Sofia Vergara. It consists of just watermelon flesh, watermelon rind and organic lemon, with no added sugar or water.

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We got the scoop on WTRMLN WTR from Mark Hyman, MD, Founder and Medical Director of The UltraWellness Center and 9 times New York Times bestselling author to find out what makes it so great -- and why it's garnered some celebrity fans.

Check out the slideshow below for Dr. Mark Hyman's thoughts on WTRMLN WTR:
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The right way to hydrate during a workout, according to a doctor

AOL Wellness: What makes WTRMLN WTR different from sports drinks?

Dr. Mark Hyman: WTRMLN WTR is totally natural, it contains no artificial ingredients, no added sugar and the profile of electrolytes and the performance benefits far exceed that of typical sports drinks and coconut water. No one should be putting artificial colors or high fructose corn syrup in their bodies especially for enhancing athletic performance. 

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AOL Wellness: Why do you think WTRMLN WTR has become so popular among the stars? What have they said about the product?

Dr. Mark Hyman: Many people I know love it because it is clean a raw and cold-pressed and tastes great. It also enhances performance and is filled with nutrients that make people feel good. I drink it after working out and to rehydrate.

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AOL Wellness: Why is staying hydrated while exercising is so important to our health?

Dr. Mark Hyman: It is important to stay hydrated before, during and after exercise to enhance performance and recovery.  Cellular dehydration and electrolyte depletion is common and leads to impaired muscle and cellular functioning and early fatigue. The hydration with WTRMLN WTR is unique because it not only contains the right balance of electrolytes, but powerful antioxidants such as lycopene and mitochondrial or energy boosting amino acids including citrulline.  

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AOL Wellness: In addition to drinking a product like WTRMLN WTR, do you have suggestions when it comes to limiting sugar intake throughout the day?

Dr. Mark Hyman: Sugar should not be consumed for breakfast, lunch and dinner as is so common in American in breakfast cereals (which are often 75% sugar), or sweetened yogurts, in salad dressings, tomato sauce and in every imaginable food product.  When consumed in naturally occurring forms in fruit and in low sugar drinks such as WTRMLN WTR it can be part of a healthy diet and active lifestyle.  I encourage people to limit sugar to less than 5% of their caloric intake for the day by avoiding all products with added sugar and limiting or eliminating refined flour, which raises your blood sugar more than table sugar.  It’s not the sugar you add to your food, or that naturally occurring in food, but the sugar that is added to food by industry.

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AOL Wellness: What are some foods people can eat after a workout that are great for recovery?

Dr. Mark Hyman: WTRMLN WTR is great after a workout because it is rich in electrolytes such as potassium, which naturally rehydrates the body. The high levels of citrulline in WTRMLN WTR also boosts mitochondrial function, the energy centers of our cells, boosting energy and muscle recovery and preventing fatigue. 

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