Bot­toms up. Thirst vs hunger. Sweet twist.

Healthy Food Guide (Australia) - - FEATURES -

Stay­ing hy­drated dur­ing ex­er­cise is im­por­tant for an ath­lete’s per­for­mance and health. By con­trast, 75 per cent of us mere mor­tals are chron­i­cally de­hy­drated.

This is a key cause of ex­haus­tion be­cause when we’re de­hy­drated, our blood thick­ens and it can’t sup­ply op­ti­mum en­ergy to our brain and body, so we feel slug­gish and tired. So, it’s im­por­tant that we drink enough wa­ter, about 8–10 cups, through­out the day in or­der to stay prop­erly hy­drated.

While se­ri­ous ath­letes use en­ergy drinks to re­hy­drate them­selves, these re­ally aren’t nec­es­sary for the av­er­age Joe. Un­less you’re ex­er­cis­ing in­tensely for more than 2–3 hours at a time, plain wa­ter is suf­fi­cient to re­hy­drate with, and it doesn’t have the kilo­joules that sug­ary sports drinks have. Make sure you drink around 8–10 cups of wa­ter each day Keep a wa­ter bot­tle with you at all times. Go for a large one (750ml–1L) and set a goal to top it up 2–3 times a day. It’s com­mon to con­fuse hunger with thirst. So be­fore you reach for a snack, drink a large glass of wa­ter and wait 10 min­utes to see if you’re truly hun­gry. Don’t like drink­ing plain wa­ter? Add flavour with a twist of lemon, or a few mint sprigs, or sip on a re­fresh­ing herbal tea.

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