Yes, Water. No other substance on earth deserves the place of the first Superfood in our nutrition section!

All living things (on this planet anyway) require hydration, and that means water. Water is second only to oxygen for human life. We can go a long time without food, but only a few days without water.

Humans are composed of roughly 50 to 70% water. It is part of our muscle structure. It is our cooling system, our cleansing system, and acts asa transport for many of our body's nutrients. Without water even the blood begins to thicken and can't carry oxygen to the cells.

Ok, I get it, drink some water when I'm thristy.

No! If you're feeling thirsty, you're already dehydrated! Active people especially need to drink water on a regular basis to maintain hydration levels. the minimum recommendation is 8 glasses per day, plus one glass for every half hour of exercise. So for an active Traceur that could be a minimum of 10 glasses a day! Minimum!

Well, I had 3 cokes, 2 cups of coffee, and an orange juice, so that's 6 right there. Nope! Anythign containing caffeine doesn't count towards your 8 glasses, because caffeine is a diarhetic, which means it actualy absorbs water out of your body. the orange juice counts, but has lots of sugar, which causes an undesirable glycemic reaction (not to worry about a glass or two a day, but not 8!).

Water should be drunk as: water. That's it, plain and simple. Anything else just isn't water.

Sports drinks give me energy. no, they give you a sugar rush, read the ingredients, most are "as bad" as soda, meaning huge amounts of sugar, ad some even have caffeine! Now, there is a time for sports drinks, which is immediately before, during, and after exercise, when an isotonic drink will be absorbed faster than plain water by the body, and also help to replenish minerals lost through sweat, but there is a time and place for these drinks, and they should be used for their purpose. drinking Gatrodae will not make you an athlete, unless you plan to join the fatolympics.


Update: Since I wrote this article  over 4 years ago much has changed - but not that much! It is now commonly accepted that caffeinated drinks "count" towards hydration although they are still considered less effective than water alone. As for whether 8 glasses a day is a scientifically calculated number, the fact remains that most people don't get enough water, and 8 glasses is a good place to start!  Also, please don't buy water in plastic bottles whenever you can help it, use a reusable and BPA free bottle like an APK water bottle :)


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Written by Mark Toorock   
Sunday, 27 November 2005 07:50
Last Updated on Sunday, 16 May 2010 08:24