Pour It On: Hydration Hints
For proper hydration before activity, drink plenty of fluids. The day before an event, drink extra water or nutrient-rich fluids such as nonfat or one percent milk.
Also, monitor the color of your urine.
“The goal is pale yellow – not clear,” said Brigham Becker, CHI Health certified athletic trainer. “If your urine is clear, you’re over-hydrating and flushing out a lot of the nutrients your body needs to maintain proper condition.”
And what about the debate of sports drinks versus water? There is some benefit to sports drinks because athletes need to replenish the nutrients lost while sweating during competition or workouts.
However, most sports drinks contain large amounts of sugar, which means that 90 percent of the population doesn’t need to consume sports drinks – only those who perform 60-plus minutes of high-intensity exercise.