Drink Water!

FIT-P tip for the week:

Drink water!

We all know hydration is important.  Did you know that even slight dehydration can result in decreased energy and athletic performance, loss of coordination, and muscle fatigue? (American College of Sports Medicine, 2011)  Additionally, our bodies may not always distinguish between thirst and hunger.  Next time you feel like a snack, try a drink of water instead!  Proper hydration not only helps our body function at its best, it also may help with weight loss (USDA Food and Nutrition Service, 2017).

While the amount of water that each of us needs each day depends on our body size, activity level, and other factors; the USDA’s Food and Nutrition Service (2017) recommends at least eight, eight ounce servings of water per day.

Can you drink too much water?  Yes.  It is all about balance.  We need the right balance of water and electrolytes.  During periods of intense or extended exercise, you may need to add a (small amount of) sports drink to your water regimen.  The American College of Sports Medicine (2011) recommends not drinking more than one liter per hour of fluid.

References:

American College of Sports Medicine. (2011). Selecting an Effectively Using Hydration for       Fitness.  Retrieved from https://www.acsm.org/docs/brochures/

United States Food and Drug Administration, Food and Nutrition Service. (2017). WIC             Works Resource System.  Retrieved from https://wicworks.fns.usda.gov/water

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