Health Watch - Drinks: Water
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They say that you are what you eat, but nutrition doesn’t end with food. What you drink is also important to your health. This week on Health Watch, we’ll look at the health effects of some popular beverages. When it comes to meeting your hydration needs, it’s hard to beat plain old water.
You need six to eight glasses of fluid a day to stay hydrated – more if it’s hot or if you’re active. Lona Sandon, a registered dietitian at UT Southwestern Medical Center, says water is best for hydration, unless you’re working or exercising in hot weather for more than 90 minutes. Then you may need a sports drink to replenish minerals lost in sweat.
Avoid alcoholic or caffeinated beverages because these don’t replenish fluids. By the time you feel thirsty, you may already be dehydrated, so keep a bottle of water handy and drink as you work or exercise.
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