Friday, March 23, 2012

Hydrate for Health By Drinking More Water

The importance of drinking water and staying hydrated can sometimes be overshadowed by the plethora of other nutritional breakthroughs.  Especially for golfers, who spend hours on end out in the blistering sun, the importance of staying hydrated is critical to staying on top of your game.  This article written by our friends at Cate's Nutrition Kitchen, outlines the importance of staying hydrated.

Stay hydrated by drinking plenty of H2O. With approximately 70% of your body, 80% of your brain, and 90% of your blood consisting of this essential element, it’s no wonder why water should be your main beverage of choice.

Drinking water helps eliminate waste, flush out toxins, control body temperature, support fat loss, decrease cholesterol levels, and maintain many more vital bodily functions. Symptoms of dehydration include: hunger/thirst, constipation, dry skin, fatigue, headaches, acne, back pain, joint pain, high blood pressure, gallstones, and more. Not only does water support your health, but it also prevents you from drinking processed beverages high in refined sugars, artificial sweeteners, and other toxic ingredients.

To stay hydrated, start each morning with a large glass of water and pack a bottle to fill wherever you go. Add variety to H2O with cooling cucumber slices, zesty citrus wedges, spicy grated ginger or refreshing mint leaves. It’s best to consume a minimum of half your body weight in ounces of water daily (200 LBS = 100 OZ). For optimal digestion and nutrient absorption, drink at least 30 minutes before or 1 hour after snacks and meals.
Electrolyte Replacement

If you’re active, sweat a lot or live in a warm climate, you’ll need to replenish your electrolytes with an electrolyte enhance drink, such as SmartWater. You can also make your own low-sugar beverage by combining: 48 OZ water with 8 OZ plain coconut water (without any other ingredients added), 8 OZ 100% fruit juice, and 1-2 TSP unrefined sea salt. Check out more electrolyte beverage recipes!

Low electrolyte symptoms include: headaches, fatigue, leg cramps, muscle spasms, and frequent urination.