Drink to Your Health

Posted By | January 30, 2012 12:00 am

Water is the key to good health.

 Getting fit and losing weight are two of the most common goals people set for themselves each year. Between gym memberships, the latest diet trends and miracle-promising supplements, billions of dollars get spent each year on achieving fitness goals.
But what if one of the simplest things you could do for yourself wasn’t found in a costly diet book or in an expensive pill?
Healthy Hydration and H2O
Believe it or not, being properly hydrated is one of the best things you can do for your body. That means being in balance – the water your body loses from perspiration, breathing and other body processes is replaced by the water you consume.
Based on clinical trials on adults, published in the journal Nutrition Reviews in 2005, scientists have identified that dehydration has an impact on physical and mental performance. Even mild dehydration – a loss of 1 to 2 percent of body weight – can impact your mental and physical performance. In addition to being thirsty, mild dehydration can cause headaches, decrease your alertness, concentration and memory, and reduce your endurance.
So making sure you stay healthfully hydrated is an important part of taking good care of your body. And water is the key.
Easy Ways to Stay Hydrated
Good hydration is at the heart of a healthy lifestyle. Here are some tips for getting water into your daily routine:
1. Choose water instead of caloric, sweetened beverages, especially during mealtime.
2. For an easy and inexpensive thirst-quencher, carry bottled water throughout the day.
3. Give your water variety by adding slices of lemon, lime, cucumber or watermelon.
4. Choose flavored sparkling water as another zero- calorie option.
5. Drink a cup of water before and after workouts, and more if it’s hot or your workout is long and strenuous. Sip water throughout the workout for steady rehydration.
Drink in the Facts
-38 out of 50 states have obesity rates higher than 25 percent. According to “F as in Fat: How Obesity Threatens America’s Future 2011,” a report funded by Trust for America’s Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, twenty years ago no state had an obesity rate above 15 percent.
-The average person gets more than 20 percent of their total caloric intake each day from beverages. Research suggests this number should be closer to 10 percent. To achieve that goal, pay attention to the calories per serving in all your beverages.
-We drink about 450 calories a day. In 1965 we consumed only 225 calories from beverages.
-A 2010 study from the U.S. Department of Agriculture found that soda, energy and sports drinks – including sweetened water products – are the number 4 source of calories for Americans, providing an average of 114 calories/day.
-Unlike soft drinks and sweetened juices, water has no calories. In fact, making a simple switch such as replacing one 140-calorie sugared beverage a day with water can reduce 50,000 calories from your diet each year, as reported in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.
Choosing water is one small healthy choice that can make a powerful difference.
To learn more about healthy hydration, visit www.nestle-waters.com.
The Beverage Pyramid
The beverage pyramid shows how many calories “hide” in beverages and provides a guide to how many calories per day should come from beverages.
Water-Containing Foods
Did you know you can also keep hydrated by eating certain foods?
Food % Water
Lettuce (1 1/2 cups) 95
Watermelon (1 1/2 cups) 92
Broccoli (1 1/2 cups) 91
Grapefruit (1 1/2 cups) 91
Milk (1 cup) 89
Orange juice (3/4 cup) 88
Carrot (1 1/2 cups) 87
Yogurt (1 cup) 85
Apple (one medium) 84
Information from the American Dietetic Association
Sip Smart
Occasion Instead of … Calories Try … Calories
Morning coffee shop run Medium cafÈ latte (16 ounces) made with whole milk 265 Small cafÈ latte (12 ounces) made with fat-free milk 125
Lunchtime combo meal 20-ounce bottle of non-diet soda with your lunch 227 Bottle of water or diet soda 0
Afternoon break Sweetened lemon iced tea from the vending machine (16 ounces) 180 Sparkling water with natural lemon flavor (not sweetened) 0
Dinnertime A glass of non-diet ginger ale with your meal (12 ounces) 124 Water with a slice of lemon or lime, or seltzer water with a splash of 100% fruit juice 0 calories for the water with fruit slice, or about 30 calories for seltzer water with 2 ounces of 100% orange juice.
Total beverage calories 796 125-155
USDA National Nutrient Database for Standard Reference

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