New Year, New You – How to stay hydrated as part of a healthy New Year’s Resolution

 

Part 5 – Hydration

Overnight you are not consuming anything so when you wake up in the morning you are more than likely dehydrated. When your tongue feels like a dried apricot it’s time to get some fluids down. Lots of people, recommend drinking a large glass of water, some people suggest adding lemon, both are good for you. But don’t forget milk and coffee are also valid ways of rehydrating. I find that if I fill up on water before my cereal and coffee then I can’t finish the rest of my breakfast and what good is that?

As always, keep it reasonable. There is such a thing as water poisoning. This can kill you when the normal balance of electrolytes in the body is pushed outside safe limits by overhydration.

It’s easy to keep an eye on things, in my opinion. The NHS have included the colour of urine in a list of things to watch for symptoms of dehydration.

According to a paper published by Diabetes Care in 2010. “People who consume sugary drinks regularly—1 to 2 cans a day or more—have a 26% greater risk of developing type 2 diabetes than people who rarely have such drinks.” By the way, this includes sports drinks!

According to research conducted in 2015, the best drink for dehydration after sport is milk. I love milk after working out so this made me very happy.

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