Are There Better Alternatives to Body Armor and Other Sugary Drinks?
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Are you looking for healthy ways to increase your milk supply and stay hydrated during your breastfeeding journey? While many sports drinks may claim to replenish electrolytes and hydrate you, they often come with a downside - a high sugar content. Consuming sugary drinks on a regular basis can do more harm than good, especially if you have a hormonal or metabolic disorder like insulin resistance, type 2 diabetes, PCOS, or an underactive thyroid.
The theory behind why some of these drinks may increase milk supply is:
However, one serving contains your ENTIRE allotted amount of sugar for the day! And the reality is all of us have some degree of insulin resistance already.
The good news is that there are healthier options that can help you stay hydrated and boost your milk supply without the negative effects of sugar: Coconut water, Bone broth, Fresh carrot juice, or Electrolyte-infused water.
Coconut water is a natural source of electrolytes and has been shown to increase milk supply.
Bone broth is also a great option as it is rich in minerals, collagen, and gelatin, which can aid in healing and nourishing the body.
Fresh carrot juice is another favorite of breastfeeding mothers, as it is high in vitamin A, which is essential for lactation.
If you're looking for a simple and refreshing option, try electrolyte-infused water.
Make your own electrolyte-infused water by adding the following to a glass of water:
This will provide your body with the necessary electrolytes to stay hydrated and support your milk production.
Hilary Jacobson, author of "Mother Food", recommends drinking fresh carrot juice to boost afternoon energy levels. What are some of your favorite healthy alternatives (other than water, of course) that have helped you stay hydrated and increase your milk supply? Share with us in the comments below!