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Healthy Hydration

All year round – water is the best hydration for exercise. In the hot months, you need to drink even more to stay cool and hydrated.  

As cool as the Gatorade and Powerade advertisments look, those drinks should only be used in small doses.  Sports drinks contain lots of sugar and salt.  In a single 32-oz. bottle, you’ll find 200 calories which will be stored as fat and lead to weight gain unless you have burned more than that. Water cost less and does a better job of rehydrating.

Want to help your kids understand why you don’t want them to drink soda?  Go to SugarStacks and see the sugar cube equivalents to many of their favorite beverages. These drinks are desserts – and should be enjoyed sparingly. Sodas are chemically designed to make us crave salty and high fat foods, and they don’t even satify thirst -they simply make us want to drink more.  This same 12oz a day can increase your risk of type 2 diabetes – even if it is DIET soda.

juiceWe know that eating 3 servings a week of whole fruits can significantly decrease your risk of Type II Diabetes.  Eating 3 servings of these fruits helps the most: Blueberries, grapes/raisins, apples, pears, bananas, and grapefruit.  Don’t forget that JUICE IS NOT FRUIT.  Drinking 3 servings of fruit juice actually increases the risk of Type II Diabetes. 

By the time you feel thirsty, you are already dehydrated. Drink enough water so that your urine stays clear (not yellow). For some this might be eight 8oz glasses a day, for some it might be more!  Make sure to offer your children water every time you get a drink, especially if they are too young to signal their thirst.

Adults: click on the REAL BEARS video below to get a closer glimpse of how sugary drinks are misrepresented in the media and how dangerous they really are. 

WARNING: this video is not appropriate for small children.

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