HEALTHY HYDRATION

Something so many of us take for granted, the ability to quench our thirst. Medically speaking water is necessary for human life yet do we ever think about being thirsty.  Humans cannot go more than 72 hours without hydration. Water is the ultimate thirst quencher.

Here are some basic facts on hydration :

*  By the time you feel thirsty you are already becoming dehydrated
Drinking water helps clear toxins out of your body
Water makes up approximated 65% of your body

Good hydration:
*  Reduces the risk of kidney stones
Prevents bad breath
Boosts your immune system
Helps balance your PH
Improves digestion
Fosters good Cardiovascular health
Regulates body temperature
Prevents osteoporosis and hip fractures
Water is the best choice when thirsty

Do you know how different drinks affect your body?

Beverage Pros Cons
Coffee  

Decrease dementia, antioxidants, decreases inflammation, calories 0 depending on additions

 

Dehydrates cells, increases agitation, jitters elevated heart rate, insomnia

Soda Convenience, taste, cheap  

Approx 150 calories per 8 ounces of sweetened varieties,  artificial dyes and chemical additives

Tea  

Vary by type and purity, Black tea – Anti oxidants, less caffeine than coffee, calories – 0, Green tea – boosts metabolism, burns fat, rich in anti-oxidants

 

Caffeine dependent on how long the tea steeps, see coffee for possible side effects, Green tea – need 3-5 cups a day to achieve positive effects

Juice Pure juice provides nutrients usually vitamin C, support a healthy metabolism, calories vary by type  

Natural sugar content some interact with medications. Some only contain a small % of actual juice, read the labels

Energy Drinks  

Replace electrolytes, boost energy

 

Artificial chemicals, colors, flavorings and caffeine

Milk  

Source of protein, calcium and vitamin D with approx.

80 calories per 8 ozs

 

Needs refrigeration, contains fat, possibly hormones and other chemicals, may not be tolerated by everyone

Water  

100% natural, 0 calories, easily accessible.

 

NONE

 

 

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