According to Dr Cordain (mack daddy of the Paleo Diet) the beverages allowed on the Paleo Diet are:
• Diet sodas (These often contain artificial sweeteners such as aspartame and saccharine, which may be harmful)
• Wine (two 4-ounce glasses; Do not buy “cooking wine,” it's loaded with salt.)
• Beer (one 12-ounce serving)
• Spirits (4 ounces)
So what does this mean for you: Soda’s out (in my opinion- all soda’s: diet and regular)! Juice, which is loaded with sugar, is out! Snapple, and all those other artificially sweetened drinks on the market, is out!
Next up for us athletes--- all those sugary energy and sports drinks. We know that Gatorade, Vitamin Water, and Red Bull are out! So what is a drink that will restore electrolyte balance to the body after a work out and is paleo friendly? That's easy! And you can make it yourself! All you have to do is squeeze a lemon into a large glass of water (or a bottle of water) and add a pinch or two of salt! Nice, Simple, and Naturally restores balance to the body! Another option for those concerned with electrolyte replacement, great for those days tanning on the beach, is coconut water- it has tons of potassium, electrolytes, vitamins, fiber, antioxidants, proteins and other good-for-you things. Coconut water is paleo friendly (again READ THE INGREDIENTS LABEL!) and is a healthier alternative than sports drinks.