Hydration Tidbit

Posted: May 23, 2008 in Nutrition Tidbits
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Many people often substitute high sugar and caffeine drinks for quality hydration.  Soda, coffee and teas contain caffeine and sugar, which can dehydrate as well as add extra calories and rob your bones of calcium.  Dehydration can lead to false sugar cravings, which can turn into extra pounds which most people nowadays dont need!  Substitute your soda for good old H2O.  Adding fruit or a little lemon or lime can make water more palatable.  Sports drinks are another alternative.  Be careful of sugar content in these drinks and use them to flavor water or make sure to dilute them. They should not be used in place of water.   Being properly hydrated is imperative for health and performance.  Try to drink at least 8, 8 oz glasses of quality water each day.  Yes soda, coffee and beer have water in it but so does sewer water.  That doesnt mean its good for your body (coffee in moderation does have some health benefits)!  Think of the stress to your kidneys and liver to filter out all the toxins in soda and other drinks.  Also many of the ingredients in those other drinks inhibit vitamin/mineral absorption which can effect your health and well being in the long run.  Thirst is not an accurate mechanism to go by.  Usually by the time you feel thirsty you may already be 2-3% dehydrated.  Checking urine color is a quick and practical way to monitor your hydration level.  It should be clear to pale yellow.  It amazes me how many people neglect this simple but important aspect of health and then wonder why they feel like crap all the time or do not heal quickly.  So, if your a water drinker keep up the good work!  If your not, get with it and start drinking!

 

Get Strong, Stay Strong!

Chris

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