Hydration and Sodas
There’s a reason nutrition experts recommend drinking at least 8 glasses of water per day while limiting soda — or better yet, avoiding it altogether. Water is calorie-free and hydrating and the benefits are priceless. Soda is loaded with sugar and calories, but does nothing for your health except affect it negatively. While the sweetness of the carbonated beverage may be enticing, ditch the soda pop and reach for water instead.
Water doesn’t get the same media attention as green tea, antioxidants, and the latest fad diets. Yet it plays a much more critical part in our daily lives and our bodies.
Our bodies are made up of about 60% water, and every system depends on water. So water is important for healthy skin, hair, and nails, as well as controlling body temperature, heart rate, and blood pressure.
Athletes need to take precautions to avoid dehydration. It is recommended to be drinking 16 ounces one hour prior to exercise, 4-8 ounces every 15 minutes during exercise, and another 16 ounces an hour after exercise. The amounts can vary depending on your personal response, heat index, and the type of activity.
How can you tell if you’re getting enough fluids during the day? You can tell by checking your urine color and output. If you’re urinating every two to four hours, the output is light-colored, and there’s significant volume, then you’re probably well-hydrated.
How can you tell if you’re dehydrated? You might feel tired, cranky, moody, or get a headache. As the body gets dehydrated, the heart has to work harder to pump blood through the vessels.
To get a better handle on your hydration levels, keep a water log.
For techie types, there are free apps that pop up with water reminders throughout the day. Whatever method works best for you, drink up and stay well hydrated.
Dr. Rob Parker, for Better Health Better Golf, explains the differences between proper hydration and sodas.
Here’s a BONUS regarding Hydration from Dr. Rob Parker – A Simple Squeeze