Hydrate the Healthy Way!

As the days get hotter we often feel reach for a cold beverage to help us feel refreshed.  While rehydrating is an important, choosing the right beverage is just as important.  Women are currently recommended to consume less than 6 teaspoons of sugar each day, and men less than 9.  To put this into context: a regular 20 ounce soda has about 17 teaspoons of sugar and 240 calories.  That’s triple the recommended intake for women and double for men!  A 20 ounce sports drink has 9 teaspoons of sugar and 150 calories; this exceeds the recommended allotment for women and uses the entire sugar allotment for males.

There are many ways to cool down without the added sugar.  Remember, water is an essential nutrient to your body and that means your body cannot function without it.  It plays a role in temperature regulation, nutrient and waste transport, and lubricates your joints.  Try giving your body what it craves this summer – WATER.  Spruce your water up with herbs, fruits and vegetables, or try sparkling water with a touch of lemon, lime or citrus.

Stay healthy this summer! Refuel without the added sugar and watch for the following warning signs of dehydration:  thirst, flushed skin, faster or labored breathing, increased pulse rate, dizziness and weakness.



If you’re still looking for a flavored drink every now and then, try any of these:


but remember water is always best!


Written by Dayna Einheit


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