Fruit Flavored Water: The Do's & Don'ts Of Hydration – Define Bottle
  • The Do's & Don'ts Of Hydration

    We're told to "drink up," but what should we be drinking to stay hydrated? Gatorade? Fruit flavored water? Energy drinks? Fitness water? Dehydration can easily become a big problem if you don't drink enough water and fluids, but with all of the fluids on the shelves, which ones are good for you and which ones are bad for staying hydrated? Today we're going to look at a few do's and don'ts for staying hydrated.
    • Don't drink caffeinated drinks. While soft drinks are never a good idea, they're especially not a good idea if you're playing sports or otherwise highly active. They don't have any electrolytes, meaning that they have no way of replenishing what your body needs to function properly. A sports drink can help you recover from a workout or sustain your energy during sports but soft drinks can't do either of those things. Energy drinks, much like soft drinks, also have large amounts of caffeine (which has a laxative and diuretic effect) and can actually worsen dehydration rather than help it.
    • During intense workouts, do consider sports drinks like Gatorade. If you've got a heavy exercise routine coming up, you're going to be losing a lot of water and salt through your sweat. Gatorade is a great for workouts like this because it has added electrolytes like magnesium, potassium, sodium, and calcium to provide the energy you need. 
    • Don't buy electrolyte-plus drinks. Unless you're a professional athlete and care whether you finish 1/10 or 1/1000th of a second faster than someone else, any add-ons to your basic electrolyte drink will make no difference to you.

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