THOSE WHO FIND IT DIFFICULT TO GUZZLE PURE UNADULTERATED WATER ALL DAY but want to maintain optimum body hydration should be aware that other fluids count toward a daily tally. Including caffeinated drinks like coffee and tea, potentially beer, and fluid in foods.
An article posted by SHAPE.com , "The Best Ways To Stay hydrated All Day Long", reminds readers that caffeinated beverages are not fully diuretic. Although the references for her figures are not provided, author Stephanie Dolgoff counts about half (4 oz. of 8 oz.) of the amount of coffee consumed as eligible for adding to a daily total. Not to say that clean fresh and especially cold water should be omitted, but coffee/tea drinkers can be assured that these beverages are not negatives when it comes to hydration.
Other popular online medical information sources, like MayoClinic.org and WebMD.com, discuss this topic and agree.
Although alcoholic beverages are mostly considered diuretics, a linked article explains the conditions in which a post-exercise/run beer might be an exception!
The SHAPE.com article also discusses food as a source of fluid and many other aspects of hydration, including over-hydration risks, when it comes to fitness.
Consider reviewing the points Dolgoff makes as the new fitness year begins. There’s encouragement to imbibe water and other beverages for better looking skin; hydrated hyaluronic acid (HA) in skin absorbs “water” which gives it some of its “elasticity and vibrancy” says the referenced expert.
Athletes should remember that joint synovial fluid and cartilage are also rich in HA and benefit from optimum hydration, another reason to keep an eye on fluid intake.
Count me as a runner who is delighted to add my regular intake of several cups of coffee and an occasion beer to optimum daily totals. Meeting this mark contributes to my feeling of success at achieving health goals in 2021 and motivates working to hit other fitness marks as well.
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EARNED RUNS is edited and authored by me, runner and founder. I began participating in road races before 5Ks were common. I've been a dietitian, practiced and taught clinical pathology, and been involved with research that utilized pathology. I am fascinated with understanding the origins of disease as well as health.
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