It is SO important. Your body is mostly water (no, really!) and having enough water in the body is essential for cell functions. Hydration is also key for metabolism, electrolyte balance, waste removal, blood pressure, controlling heart rate, body temperature…the list goes on and on. If you want to really read the importance of hydration, check out this article from WebMD (but stay off the symptom checker!)
Yes, you get water from drinking it (duh) but a lot of the food we eat contains water – fruit, salads, etc. Most sources suggest drinking eight 8-oz glasses of water per day in addition to what we obtain from our food. How accurate is this? Not totally. You should really be drinking enough water to be going to the bathroom every 2-3 hours. For some people, this may be 6 glasses of water. For others, maybe 10. Personally, I truly vary on the amount that I drink. I aim for about 8 glasses, but some days I only get 6. And some days I am apparently like, part camel and drink 15 glasses.
PS – it’s also possible to drink TOO MUCH water. This can throw your electrolyte balance off and become dangerous, so don’t overdo it, either.
I’ve always been one to carry a water bottle with me everywhere (and I have multiple ones…go take a look at my kitchen cabinets or ask my husband!), but it became especially important after I had my gastric bypass surgery. Because my insides are all scrambled now (yes, that’s a technical term), and I can’t eat and drink at the same time anymore, it’s really important that I drink enough water to keep myself…ahem…”regular” as well as to make sure everything is in balance. I miss the days of being able to gulp down cool glasses of water, but that can really bother my little pouch, so now I just sip frequently.
And let’s face it…sometimes plain old water is boring. I don’t drink a lot of juice (mostly because it has to be diet now…blah) and Gatorade is gross to me. Sometimes I’ll do some Crystal Light, but not too often. So what’s a girl to do?
Nuun is this amazing hydration tablet that dissolves in water (and tastes amazing) and provides you with electrolytes, hydration, and even energy (they’ve got a specific formula that contains caffeine). This stuff is AMAZING after a workout, but I also sip on it all day and I find that this actually helps me drink more water. I also tend to be a total sweat bucket, especially in the summer…and annoyingly enough, even when I’m just sitting still. Gross, I know. Nuun helps replace the electrolytes that I’ve lost during my workout, and what’s even better is that I can slip this into my purse or gym bag for easy transport. I find the taste a lot more palatable than Gatorade, which is WAY too salty for me. When nuun first dissolves, it’s a little on the fizzy side – bubbles hurt my little tummy, so for me, I give it a little shake in my water bottle and they go away. Bam, problem solved.
I think what makes this stuff special is the ingredients. It has sodium, magnesium, potassium, calcium, and vitamin C…all which are essential during exercise to keep the body balanced. Also, each serving only has 10 calories and 1 g of sugar – this is super important for me since I really don’t tolerate sugar well. A lot of the other “sports drinks” out there contain a LOT of sugar – which yes, is helpful for energy when you’re working out, but if you’re just going to be sipping on a drink all day…well, that doesn’t do much. Your body will just store it.
It comes in a ton of great flavors as well. My personal favorites are watermelon, tropical fruit, and citrus fruit. I swear I have at least one tube of tablets on me at all times.
Disclaimer: While all opinions in this posting are my own, I did receive products from nuun to try out!
Share with me: what’s your favorite way to stay hydrated?