We need to pay close attention to our hydration which is absolutely essential for our overall health. After all, the water we consume optimizes blood pressure, regulates body temperature, lubricates joints, moves waste out of the body, and aids in digestion. Most of us associate dehydration, with more water moving out of our body than we are taking in and with muscle cramps, fatigue, and extreme thirst.
Chances are that the heat will tempt us to grab whatever cold beverage that is handy, and many of today’s most popular choices such as soft drinks, as well as energy or sports drinks, fruit juices and other high-calorie beverages are loaded with excessive sugar. Sugar added to these drinks decreases insulin sensitivity. When the body becomes less sensitive to insulin, blood glucose levels can rise and may cause diabetes. Cons of drinking such beverages are as follows:
- High-calorie beverages can lead to increased body mass index and Obesity which may lead to many chronic health problems such as diabetes and even some forms of cancer.
- All carbonated beverages can bloat you, adding extra unsightly inches around your waistline. Bloating happens when gas builds up in the stomach. It could cause gas and stomach pain.
- It increases the risk of developing metabolic syndrome, which raises the risk of a heart attack or stroke.
So why not choose a healthier form of liquid like coconut water which not only hydrates our body but also nourishes our body with vitamins and minerals without added preservatives and sugar. Coconut water is considered as nature’s sports drink and is rich in vitamins, electrolytes and antioxidants. Health benefits of coconut water include:
- Increased athletic performances
- Weight loss
- Boosted energy
- Lowered cholesterol
- Reduced cellulite
- Relaxed muscle tension
- Lowered blood pressure
According to Harvard health blog, don’t waste your money or calories on sports drinks—choose water instead. Plain water is absorbed almost as quickly and is perfectly adequate for moderate exercise or if you’re exercising for less than about an hour without adding extra calories to your diet. Recommended consumption of water would be 3.7 liters (15 cups) for the average adult male and 2.7 liters (11 cups) for the average adult female. If these numbers seem daunting, don’t worry. Keep in mind that water needs vary tremendously by individual, and are dependent on numerous factors such as activity level, geographic location, and temperature.