Watered Down Facts on Hydration

September 14, 2008

DID YOU KNOW THAT . . . .If your mouth is dry; you are already about 2 quarts low on water. You are ALREADY dehydrated. Use this gauge to evaluate whether your active kids are dehydrated by asking them if their mouth is dry.

* For every cup of coffee you drink, you become 8 ounces more dehydrated. So drink TWO cups for water for every cup o’joe,just to stay ahead.

* THE P CHECK -If you are maintaining good hydration after exercise. You should have to pee within twenty minutes after finishing your workout. If you want bonus Pee points it should be clear, not bright yellow.

* IF YOU DON’T PEE ALL DAY, YOU ARE MAINTAINING A STATE OF SLUDGE FOR YOUR CIRCULATORY SYSTEM.Water drinking actually keeps your blood thinner so that the nutrients that it carries(namely oxygen) can get to where it needs to go faster. YOU KNOW WHAT HAPPENS TO SLOW RUNNING DRAINS.

*Ideally everyone should be drinking a minimum of three liters of water every day.

This is BEFORE adding the water needed for exercise
Put that amount of water in containers on your kitchen counter in the morning and be sure you get it down. The earlier in the day, the better, preferrably before 7pm so that it runs it’s course before you hit the hay.
Make sure you and your family are doing everything in your household power to stop using disposable excess plastic, even if it’s recycleable. I know I myself have used enough Poland Springs Sports Top bottles to  build a plastic Eiffel Tower. I’m finished with those.
What to do instead? Be sure your water faucet at home has a good filter or better yet, have a reverse osmosis water system installed on your main water supply in the basement.
Then drink out of glasses, even though I realize that’s a zany idea.

water bottles
Nalgene water bottles? Here’s the scoop on them:

Lots of Nalgene water bottles and other hard plastic sport water bottles are constructed of polycarbonate -#7 on the bottom- which may leach or leak Bisphenol A, an estrogen-like chemical.
A new American study links it to breast cancer and early puberty, and is especially alarming about the harmful effect on infants.
Others have expressed possibility of danger on the effect of feminizing hormones in men, such as breast enlargement or dropping semen counts.

At the same time, sport water bottles are everywhere and we don’t want to go back to buying bottled water.

What should we do? Time to get rid of the Nalgene bottles that have a number 7 if they do not say BPA free.

Ditch the clear plastic baby bottles, right now. All the research that says there are problems point at the reaction of the estrogen-like BPA in children as being the most worrisome.
Tin  or metal cans are often lined in plastic BPA and sit around a long time; throw out older tin cans, especially if they contain acidic fruits like tomatoes.
Don’t heat, nuke or use your polycarbonate bottle for hot drinks.
Polycarbonate bottles get striated and cracked as they get older; that increases surface area. Ditch ‘em.
Replace your Polycarbonate bottle with a Sigg, Kleen Kanteen, or the new BPA free Camelbak, particularly if pregnant or pre-pubescent.These are actually metal bottles.

They are heavier, which is a pain in your backpack, although if you’ve all switched to wheelie backpacks like I told you earlier,it shouldn’t be a problem. Plus your shoulders and back won’t get out of balance and predisposed for injury by carrying it on one side.

Also these water bottles are pricier-$20 or more but think of all the bucks you’ll save not buying water by the case!
Finally, replace jugs where water sits around a long time, like Brita knockoffs. (Brita says they are BPA free).
I’m giving my spin class members a few weeks to get their water plan in place. After that, there’s nothing like a bit of peer pressure to get us all in the new water regime.
Happy Hydrating!


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