TOP 3 HYDRATION MYTHS:
1. You need 8 cups of water per day— Some of you may, some of you may need more, and some less. Start by drinking half your body weight (in pounds) in fluid ounces daily. Add 1-2 cups for every 30 minutes of exercise. Use the chart below to check the color of your urine and decide if you need more or less!
2. Coffee dehydrates you— Although coffee may be taking place of water you could be drinking, caffeine itself doesn’t dehydrate you. It does, however, make you utilize the bathroom more (potentially losing more fluid), so you may want to consider adding an extra cup of water to make up for that. P.S. Alcohol is most dehydrating.
3. Sodium is bad for you— Before you justify eating heavily processed foods, read on – Sodium is an essential mineral to replace electrolyte losses from sweat. Failing to intake adequate sodium after exercise hinders your bodies ability to return to a state of hydration. Choose foods rich in other nutrients on days when sodium losses are likely to be higher.
Examples: cheese, milk, bread, seafood, olives, pickles, and vegetable juice.
*Note: if you have hypertension, this doesn’t apply to you.
Last tip— If you feel thirsty, you’re already dehydrated!
With Lots Of Healthy Love,
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