Hydration - It Does a Body Good!
It’s pretty much “common knowledge” that staying hydrated is important to one’s overall health, especially in the south and west during the extremely hot summer months. Staying hydrated helps regulate body temperature and lubricates our joints, keeps our organs functioning normally, and helps deliver nutrients to cells. Furthermore, good hydration helps prevent infections as well as helps to improve our mood, cognition, and our quality of sleep.
The question is, “How much water should I consume to stay hydrated and what is the best way to get that amount of water into my system?”
It is generally accepted that men should consume 130 ounces of water and women should consume 90 ounces of water per day. Of course, we should consume even more water when outside in the heat for long periods and when exercising or engaging in any strenuous activity. An easy-to-remember “rule of thumb” is to drink ½ an ounce of water per pound of body weight – that’s a lot of water! However, it isn’t necessary to just drink water to get good hydration. Eating fruits and vegetables with a high-water content such as tomatoes, cucumbers, citrus fruits, strawberries, watermelon (come on, it’s in the name!), cantaloupe, etc. will help you stay hydrated but don’t go overboard. While fruits and vegetables are very healthy, they do contain sugar and add calories to your diet.
Even though sugary drinks and energy drinks do provide hydration, they often come with a high sugar content (empty calories) that may result in unwanted weight gain. It’s generally considered best to avoid these types of drinks or, at most, consume them in moderation.
What are other ways to stay hydrated? Glad you asked!
Try drinking green tea. Drinking green tea will not only increase hydration, but it can also help lower cholesterol, improve VO2 Max (the maximum oxygen intake while incrementally increasing the intensity of exercise), and green tea provides the body with important polyphenols. While not conclusive, studies suggest that drinking about 30 ounces of green tea per day, in addition to the hydration benefits, may also reduce the risk of premature death, heart disease, stroke, type-2 diabetes, among other health benefits.
I.E. Green Tea will not only keep you well hydrated, organic I.E. Green Tea also has the added benefit of being one of the highest antioxidant drinks on the market – with ZERO calories. I. E. Green Tea is a veritable trifecta of health benefits:
- Good Hydration (helps regulate body temperature and lubricate joints)
- High Level of Antioxidants (minimum 300 mg per serving)
- Zero Calories (helps control unwanted weight gain)
- Improved VO2 Max
- Improved Heart Health
Oh, wait! That’s more than three benefits. I.E. Green Tea must be a true Super Food!
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