Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Hydration Tips and a review

Just like with exercise, hydration is vital when you're trying to get better. Luckily for me, I got sent some amazing tips and (even samples!) from Crystal Light Pure recently helping me to stay hydrated and I thought I'd share them with you:


Hydration Tips from Crystal Light Pure Spokesperson Molly Kimball, RD

1.       Keep a Tally
We can’t actually tell how well we’re hydrated by how thirsty we feel. For many of us, by the time we start to feel thirsty, we’re already dehydrated, but just how much water is enough when it comes to staying hydrated? Keep a running tally of how much fluid you’re getting and aim for half of your body weight in ounces of fluid per day, plus an extra 16 ounces for every pound of sweat lost during exercise or work in the heat. 

2.       Flavor Up to Drink Up
Want to drink water to stay hydrated, but hate the boring taste? Add the flavor you want and none of what you don’t by sipping on naturally sweetened Crystal Light Pure. It’s got no artificial sweeteners, flavors, or preservatives and is sweetened with sugar and Truvia, a natural sweetener derived from the stevia plant. It’ll give your water light, refreshing flavor with just 15 calories and 4 grams of sugar per serving. And the Grape and Strawberry Kiwi flavors have the added bonus of electrolytes!

3.       Don’t Forget about Food
Staying well-hydrated is essential for maintaining optimal energy levels, preventing muscle cramping and headaches, and more serious issues like heatstroke. But that doesn’t mean you have to force down gallons of water or bottles of sugary sports drinks. Any type of alcohol-free beverage can count toward your fluid intake – and even some foods! Some of the top electrolyte-rich, hydrating foods include all types of fresh fruit, soups like gazpacho and Greek yogurt.

4.       Watch the Caffeine
For years, the widely-held belief was that caffeinated beverages were dehydrating. An abundance of research has proven otherwise, however. The amount of caffeine typically found in standard servings of tea, coffee, and soft drinks appears to have no diuretic effect, meaning that these beverages don’t cause us to lose more fluid than they provide. But remember that you don’t want the majority of your fluids to come from caffeinated drinks since most health organizations recommend we limit our caffeine intake. Instead, try to vary what you’re drinking. 


**Everything in italics is directly quoted from an email I received from a representative on behalf of Crystal Light Pure.

In addition to the awesome tips, which I think we all can incorporate into our lives to get the best out of our hydration, they also offered to send me samples of the (new to me) Crystal Light Pure drink packets. I immediately said yes and was totally excited to try it all out.
My samples :)

I'll be honest with you guys. I always thought Crystal Light products were yummy, but never considered them for exercise. I'm beyond attached to my Gatorade. Despite the unnecessary calories in Gatorade, I never found anything that made me feel a difference while working out (or coughing up a lung) like sports drinks did. Enter my new love affair for Crystal Light Pure.

You just mix a packet in a water bottle, and go. They have very few calories(30 calories per packet), lots of flavor, and still have the electrolytes you need. On top of that they are made without preservatives and are naturally flavored. They get a 100% thumbs up in my opinion. My favorite is the Strawberry-Kiwi flavor. It's definitely a more health-conscious and diet-friendly option than sports drinks.

*Note* I recieved a sample of Crystal Light Pure from Kraft Foods, however the opinions expressed here are purely my own. 


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QOTD:
What's your favorite hydration tip??

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