“Watermelon is high in potassium, lycopene and citrulline, a precursor to the amino acid arginine, which aids in blood vessel health,” Brixius says. She adds that studies have shown citrulline may help decrease muscle soreness.



which contains only three ingredients watermelon flesh, watermelon rind and lemon. It’s advertised as having six times the electrolytes of sports drinks as well as potassium and vitamin C. It contains no added sugar yet tastes sweet and refreshing ($3.99 for 12 fluid ounces;

Per bottle: 60 calories; 0g fat;

15g carbs; 1g fiber; 1g protein

While coconut water has been around for a while, this powder version is “the freeze-dried version of coconut water,” Brixius says, adding that “people can reconstitute it back into coconut water or add it to smoothies, juices, yogurt or other beverages.” It has a high potassium content, making it an option, Brixius says, for “weekend warriors looking for something other than water after a workout.”

Navitas NaturaLS Organic Coconut Water Powder and Stay Sydrated on The go.

It tastes lighter than the bottled version—more like regular water with a hint of coconut essence ($17.99 for 5.8 fluid ounces;

Per packet: 35 calories; 0g fat; 8g carbs; 0g fiber; 0g protein


Brixius says birch water “naturally contains xylitol, a sugar alcohol, which many studies have indicated may have benefits for dental health and preventing tooth decay.” People can usually tolerate small amounts of sugar alcohols in their diets, she explains, but those with sensitive digestive systems may experience gas, bloating or diarrhea after consumption.

try: Byarozavik Birch Water is made with the sap of birch trees.

The company claims this water is “a centuries-old tradition in Scandinavia, Eastern Europe, Russia and Northern China.” This fresh, crisp-tasting beverage contains trace minerals, including copper, magnesium and calcium, as well as seven grams of cane sugar, so drink in moderation ($3.49 for 17 fluid ounces;

Per bottle: 38 calories; 0g fat;

9g carbs; 0g fiber; 0g protein


“Maple water is the liquid released from maple trees in the early spring, not just watered-down maple syrup,” Brixius explains. “The maple water is what is boiled to make maple syrup.” Maple syrup is rich in antioxidants and bioactive compounds, but Brixius warns that research on maple water is limited at this time.

try: Verical water Maple water is touted as having “40 trace minerals and nutrients not available from tap water.” Maple water tastes slightly sweet but doesn’t include any added ingredients. It is sourced and bottled in New York State ($2.75 for 16.9 fluid ounces;

Per bottle: 15 calories; 0g fat; 3g carbs; 0g fiber; 0g protein


Brixius says a U.S. Department of Agriculture study found that artichokes “have among the highest antioxidant levels among vegetables.”

They are high in fiber, folate, potassium, manganese,

copper and iron.

try: ARTY ARTiCHOKE WATER, which is made from California artichokes and blended with organic lemon, apple and spearmint, contains 18 antioxidants. It has a refreshing, slightly savory taste ($3.29 for 8 fluid ounces;

www. a rtywa ter. com).

Per bottle: 40 calories; 0g fat; 9g carbs; 2g fiber; 0g protein


“Fulvic acid is a compound in soil that is released as organic material decomposes. Plants absorb the fulvic acid and we consume the plants,” Brixius says, adding that research using the minerals is limited. “A need for supplementation [of fulvic acid] has not been shown in humans. People are better off consuming the whole plants versus relying on the water.”

try: BLK ALKALİNE SPRiNG WATER has added fulvic minerals, which turns the water black. Getting around the color of the water might be difficult, though it is flavorless and odorless. It can help replenish electrolytes and minerals after a workout and has a pH of 8, making it slightly alkaline, which may help counteract the acidity of meats and processed foods ($2.39 for 16.9 fluid ounces;

Per bottle: 0 calories; 0g fat; 0g carbs; 0g fiber; 0g protein

Brixius says a few small studies have suggested that cacti may help “reduce hangover symptoms, decrease oxidative stress and have a chemo preventative effect.”

try: CaLiwater’s cactus water is made with the fruit of prickly pear cactus and has a mild, slightly bittersweet taste. It contains 35 calories and nine grams of sugar per eight-ounce serving, so drink in moderation ($2.99 for 11.2 fluid ounces;

Per bottle: 35 calories; 0g fat; 9g carbs;

0g fiber; 0g protein

Kelly McLendon


by Nicole Grippo Ruotolo


To get that just-left-the-salon look, all it takes are these seven easy steps, says celebrity and Fashion Week manicurist Deborah Lippmann.


When the weather warms up, it’s time to add a new kind of Footwork to your routine.

Remove old polish, then immerse your feet in a tub o warm water for 5 to 10 minutes. “Add a few drops of peppermint essential oil to bring down any swelling and reinvigorate feet,” Lippmann suggests.


Slough off dead skin using circular motions with an exfoliant like Three Whishes Sugar Scrub by Whish ($38 for 12 ounces;, which is packed with organic cane sugar, brown sugar and raspberry seeds. Rinse with warm water. After drying feet thoroughly, Lippmann recommends “dipping a Q-tip in alcohol and swiping it underneath toenails to remove any excess dirt or bacteria.”

To get rid of excess moisturizer, swipe nails with a non-acetone remover like Butter London Scrubbers ($10 for 10 pads;

Trim nails straight across with a clipper. Use a file to round nails’ edges so they mirror the shape of where the nail plate and cuticle meet.


Apply Deborah Lippmann Cuticle Remover ($20 for .5 fluid ounces; liberally to nails and gently push the cuticle toward the toe knuckle a few times with a cuticle stick.

Apply a base coat such as Deborah Lippmann All About That Base ($20 for .5 fluid ounces; to disguise any nail imperfections. Now the fun part: Pick your polish!

Starting from directly under the cuticle line, sweep the brush down the center of your nail toward the tip of your toe. Then brush color on each side and across the edge of your nail. Allow the layers to dry a minute or two between coats. “It helps the lacquer to adhere better and last longer on the nail,” Lippmann says. To add shine and prevent chipping, finish with a layer of topcoat.


Love the long-lasting gel manicures offered at salons? Now any novice can score one at home. SensatioNail’s LED Lamp ($24.98; sets polish in less than 30 seconds. Chose from 60 shades of SensatioNail Color Gel Polish ($9.97 for .25 fluid ounces; Two weeks without chips? We think it’s worth it!

Shades of the season

Coral is a pedicure staple—it’s universally flattering and looks super sexy at the beach. OPI Nail Lacquer in Aloha from OPI ($9.59 for .5 fluid ounces;

Finally! A pink that is not too girlie, bubble gum or neon! Sally Hansen Hard As Nails

Xtreme Wear in All Bright ($2.99 for .4 fluid ounces;

Wear this vegan gold with über confidence—it’s gilded and classy, not shiny or frosted. Lauren B. Beauty in Where’s My Oscar ($18 for .5 fluid ounces;

This regal purple looks like it’s been kissed by subtle metallic flecks. Zoya Nail Lacquer in Isa ($9 for .5 fluid ounces;

Gray is the beauty color of the moment, from hair to nails. Deborah Lippmann Nail Color in Like Dreamers Do ($18 for .5 fluid ounces;

Wear this crystal glitter alone or layered on top of your favorite shade for the right touch of bling. Lauren B. Beauty in 33 Carats ($19 for .5 fluid ounces;

This shade mimics the high-gloss finish of black patent leather pumps. Maybelline

New York Color Show Black to Black Nail Lacquer in Patent Black ($3.99 for .23 fluid ounces;

The touch of shimmer makes classic red wearable for summertime, plus the polish wears like a long-lasting gel lacquer. Revlon

Colorstay Gel Envy in Gambling Heart ($7.99 for .4 fluid ounces;

This pale pink is the perfect neutral—it goes with everything and every skin tone. Revlon Colorstay Gel Envy in Up In Charms ($7.99 for .4 fluid ounces;

Is it blue? Green? We’ve settled on turquoise. This happy shade has got us feeling like a majestic mermaid—perfect for summer! Zoya Nail Lacquer in Talia ($9 for .5 fluid ounces;

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