You are on the tail end of a workout and you know it will be time to replenish soon. What do you drink? Or maybe it is morning, and you are reaching for a hot beverage…coffee, or tea? Drinks are a big part of our overall consumption but we don’t always stop to consider which are best for us. But believe me, it makes a difference which fluids you’re putting in your body. Especially when these drinks turn into habits.
Consider These 10 Different Fluids…
10. Bone Broth – Touted as a miracle drink by many living a ketogenic lifestyle, it doesn’t actually provide much in terms of nutrition. If you are low on sodium (a common problem for those who cut out carbs), it can help you feel better.
9. Sports Drinks – Sports drinks are some of the least hydrating beverages you can choose. They gained popularity as we learned about electrolytes and salts that the body needs to perform at high intensity but gradually just grew into a sweeter, sugarier drink pushed on a younger market. Look for electrolyte replacements instead like Endurolytes by Hammer.
8. Coffee – Coffee has caffeine, which can be good in small doses, and bad in big ones. It can fight cancer and Type 2 Diabetes when consumed in moderation, and keeps the mind sharp. Try drinking a cup before a work out and see how it goes! Just remember to stay close to a bathroom…
7. Green Tea – Green tea has been shown in studies to help everything from heart health, to weight, to anxiety. It is full of antioxidants, and has enough benefits that adding a cup or two per day could really help your body. The caffeine is a great, natural way for an energy kick and doesn’t cause quite as many bowel problems as coffee.
6. Juice – There is a belief that you can substitute half a cup of fruit juice for one of the fruits in your daily requirements. This really isn’t true. It lacks the fiber from the pulp which is a huge loss when considering a substitution from whole foods. And unless you’re buying a specialty juice (expensive) from a specialty store, you’re most likely getting cocktail of added sugar and other unnecessary preservatives.
5. Soda – Soda has no nutritional value, and is often packed full of sugars. Surprisingly, it can be hydrating and it’s better to drink soda rather than nothing. It’s more hydrating than fruit juice and whole milk. But there are a plethora of downsides to soda besides sugar and artificial sweeteners. It’s highly acidic and terrible for your teeth and guts, for one. Research the rest and draw your own conclusions.
4. Almond Milk – Almond milk is largely a useless as a drink. It has few benefits, and works more as a substitute for people who can’t, or don’t want to, ingest dairy products. It won’t hurt you, but it also won’t help with much either.
3. Chocolate Milk – Chocolate milk has the same vitamins and minerals as regular milk. It also has additional sugar that doesn’t help most people. But if you are an endurance athlete, it may provide a good boost after a long session.
2. Milk – Milk does have its benefits, especially for recovery following a workout. But because the pasteurization process removes many of the nutrients originally in the milk, unless it is raw you aren’t getting nearly as much from it as you may expect.
1. Water – The “rule” about drinking eight cups of water a day is a tad-bit bogus. You’re best to base your intake off of body weight. But some studies now say that there is no set amount you should be drinking each day. A better method of measuring hydration is based simply on when you are feeling thirsty. However, a recent study from Harvard continues to confirm we already know: water is the best thing for your body, and you should drink it more than anything else.
Kevin Jones has mastered a busy lifestyle with work and fitness combined with family life. He writes offering solutions for personal fitness and time management as well as keeping families fit together by utilizing activities and diet. You can read more of Kevin’s writings by connecting with him online; LinkedIn – Twitter