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Healthy Hydration!

Thursday, August 22, 2013

Being well-hydrated is essential for good health. Our bodies rely on water to perform tasks such as flushing toxins from our organs and delivering nutrients to our cells. In fact, weíre made up of about 60% water! In order to maintain this critical balance of water in our bodies, the Institute of Medicine recommends about 9 (8 fl oz) cups of fluid a day for women, and about 13 cups for men.

But what we drink and how much we drink can affect more than just our hydration levels. Choosing the wrong beverages can increase our waistlines and our blood sugar, too.

Our bodies donít register the calories in liquids the same way they do with solid foods. So liquids with calories donít make us feel full like food does. For example, drinking a 200-calorie bottle of sweetened iced tea along with lunch doesnít make you feel any fuller than if you drank a bottle of zero-calorie iced tea with lunch instead. But, if you added a 200-calorie protein bar to your meal youíd feel stuffed. The bottom line is that when you drink sweetened beverages like juice, soda and bottled teas, itís easy for the calories and sugar to add up without realizing it.

Water, seltzer, unsweetened teas or other zero-calorie drinks are great options to keep you hydrated without unwanted calories and sugar. For more flavor, try adding lemon or lime to water, try flavored seltzers like raspberry or orange, or try adding a small amount of juice (no more than ľ cup) to seltzer or plain tea.

If youíre on the go most of the day, keep a thermos or refillable water bottle with you so you can sip throughout the day. When youíre at home, keep a full glass out where you can see it so youíll be reminded to drink up!

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Member Comments About This Blog Post:
LINWASH23 8/23/2013 6:57PM

    Thanks, I get my water in and I love it. Thanks for sharing. emoticon

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GR8TAWK-N-2-U 8/23/2013 1:29PM

    Thanks for sharing.

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SABLENESS 8/23/2013 7:08AM

    I drink lots of water at work to make sure I have to get up often! emoticon

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SUNSET09 8/23/2013 1:09AM

  Good, and helpful information. I'll drink to that! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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MJ7DM33 8/22/2013 9:46PM


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COMPUCATHY 8/22/2013 9:23PM

    I'm a good hydrator...always have my sipping cup by my side...and I think it does make a difference! I'm so glad to see TGIF on the horizon! Hope you have a great weekend planned! Keep up the good work! Thanks for the encouragement! Spark on! emoticon emoticon

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LIVINGFREE19 8/22/2013 9:03PM

    Great reminder about adding natural flavors to water to save on calories.

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MSROZZIE 8/22/2013 7:34PM

    Great blog, thanks for sharing. Also, keep bottled water in your car, its good to have on hand after you exercise! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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KLMEIRING 8/22/2013 5:49PM


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