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Is Water Enough to Stay Hydrated?

One of the simplest and most important things you can do for your health is to drink plenty of water.
You know we talk about this a lot because staying properly hydrated is key to maintaining your body temperature, along with helping to feel full and maintaining good skin.
But with a wide range of “sports drinks” available, you might wonder if you need these sometimes, too. (Think Gatorade and the like.)
Let’s discuss.
A benefit of these drinks is that they generally have added electrolytes like sodium, potassium, and magnesium, which are essential minerals we lose through sweat. These electrolytes are found in a proper diet, as well. Water alone may not replenish these essential minerals for people who are exercising intensely or in high heat. That can lead to imbalances and cramping.
Some sports or “energy” drinks also include caffeine, which can improve alertness, focus and performance. Not everyone wants caffeine, of course.
And many are jacked up with a lot of added sugars and calories, so read the labels and don’t drink too many.
Choosing between water and energy drinks ultimately depends on your individual needs, the intensity and duration of your workouts, and your overall health goals.
Water remains the gold standard for everyday hydration and light to moderate exercise, while energy drinks can be valuable during intense or prolonged physical activity due to their electrolyte and carbohydrate content.
Talk to us if you have any questions. In the meantime, have a glass of water!