Hydration is crucial to make your body
Drinking plenty of water is an important part of
maintaining a healthy weight and a nutritious diet. Water plays an
essential role in helping your body process nutrients, maintain normal
circulation and keep the proper balance of fluids.
REPLACE WHAT YOU
30-minute workout, drink two 8 oz. glasses of water to replenish your
fluids. If you find you become thirsty while working out, consider using
a sports bottle to help you stay hydrated while you exercise.
of their calorie content, soft drinks and fruit juices are not good
choices for replacing lost fluids if you are trying to lose weight or
manage your weight. You might try adding just a splash of fruit juice or
a slice of lemon or lime to a glass of water if you don’t like the
taste of plain water.
HOW MUCH WATER IS
As a general guideline, try to drink six to eight 8
oz. glasses of water a day. If you exercise, you will probably
need to drink more to replenish the water lost through sweating.
You can usually trust your sense of thirst to let you know when you need
to drink. Your sense of thirst,
combined with simply paying attention to how many glasses of water
you’ve had in a day, can help you
to keep your body hydrated.
WHEN WATER ISN'T ENOUGH
The next time you’re thirsty, it could be
smart to think before you drink. While “you are what you eat,” the
phrase is more accurately “you are what you drink.” Our bodies are about
60 percent water, and while watery foods can help meet our needs, most
of our daily water needs are met from the fluids we drink. Aside from
plain water, consumers are faced with a dizzying array of juices, juice
drinks, vitamin-fortified waters, sports drinks, energy drinks and
teas–making it difficult to choose the best beverage to help meet fluid
For the average person who exercises moderately, plain water is
a perfectly good choice. But many people prefer drinks with a little
flavor, and tastier fluids may encourage consumption. And as exercise
duration and intensity increase, it’s important to not only replace
fluid losses, but to replace body salts–such as sodium and
potassium–that are lost with sweating.
LOOK BEFORE YOU DRINKWhen evaluating beverages, a good place to start is by reading
the nutrition facts label. For instance, sodas or fruit drinks are
often high in calories and sugar, and low on nutrients. Not only can
these empty calories pile on the pounds, the high-sugar concentration in
sodas and fruit drinks can actually slow down the rate at which the
body absorbs fluid. If you see high-fructose corn syrup at the top of
the ingredient list, you may want to pass. Sugars other than fructose,
in lower concentrations, are much better absorbed.
drinks have a combination of caffeine and sugar, designed to give you a
quick spike in energy. But if you aren’t used to consuming caffeinated
drinks, these could make you jittery or upset your stomach.
what should you look for? It’s a good idea to check labels for
electrolytes, such as sodium and potassium, which are salts that your
body loses when you perspire. In addition to replacing losses,
electrolytes can also add some flavor, which will encourage you to drink
more. Also, look for drinks with less than 100 calories per 8 oz.
serving. Higher calories means a higher sugar concentration; you also
don’t want to drink back the calories you just burned on the treadmill.
too much sugar can be a problem, a little bit of carbohydrate in
beverages can help to maintain blood sugar while you are exercising.
Also, a mixture of several forms of carbohydrate in the drink helps to
get carbohydrate into working muscle better than just one carbohydrate
A drink such as one made with mix could be a good choice because it contains
the right amount of readily absorbed carbohydrates, no caffeine, and the
essential electrolytes people lose when they perspire. It comes in a
powder that mixes easily with water, and is available either in a
canister or in convenient single-serve “stick packs” that can be thrown
in a bag or pocket and mixed in any water bottle.
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