You hear experts speak about the benefits of water all the time. Have you ever wondered what particularly makes water more nutritious? We would like to set the record straight.
Why choose water? If you are not already a big water drinker, the sound of it is probably rather blah. It doesn’t hold the same appeal as soda or juice. It lacks the same flavor and mouth-feel.
However, you likely already realize that water is the ideal beverage for everyone (except newborns.)
It helps your body keep a normal temperature, lubricates your joints, protects your spinal cord, and aids your body with its waste-removal process.
The CDC has a great illustration on its website, that of an unwatered houseplant. Have you ever seen one? It’s all wilted and droopy. Well, let’s be honest, your body requires water just as much as any plant.
Your body is made up of 50-65% water. Therefore, when you are out in hot climates or exercising and your body is losing fluids through sweating, you must replace that water.
You may wonder how it is possible to ever get enough water. The easiest way to always have enough water is to always have water with you. And if the taste of water is somewhat unpleasant, try adding a slice of lemon or lime.
Are you familiar with the adage, “once you are thirsty, you are already dehydrated”? It is a true statement. You do not want to get to the point of being thirsty as far as you can help it.
How much water should you drink? A Harvard study put it very simply: “It depends.” It depends on what you eat, how much you eat, the day’s weather, and your level of physical activity. The Institute of Medicine has established a guideline of 125 ounces for men and 91 ounces for women.
Water is the perfect beverage. It provides you all the hydration you need with zero calories and zero sodium. It quenches your thirst and restores your body. It is true, there is no actual nutritional value to water; however, you can get all your nutrients from your food choices and a multivitamin.
To whatever extent possible, choose water above all other beverages and your body will never become like a wilted houseplant!
Thorne Catalyte® is an electrolyte and energy restoration complex that supports muscle function and stimulates energy recovery.* It’s lemon-lime flavored, low in calories, has no artificial sweeteners, and is NSF Certified for Sport®.
- Hydration and electrolyte balance are essential for all levels of exercise and athletic performance. Catalyte combines electrolytes with B vitamins, vitamin C, and D-ribose (which helps slow lactic acid build-up and stimulates energy recovery) for broad-spectrum repletion of nutrients and hydration of cells.*
- Catalyte is formulated with sodium in the ratio that is typically found in sweat. Its blend of potassium, calcium, magnesium, and zinc replaces the primary electrolytes lost in perspiration, while also helping to repair and rebuild muscle tissue.*
- To be mixed with water, it’s a tasty lemon-lime flavored electrolyte supplement low in calories with no artificial sweeteners. It’s perfect for before, during, and after a workout.
- Because an athlete needs to know that his or her supplements are trustworthy and compliant, every batch of an NSF Certified for Sport® product is tested for compliance with label claims and to ensure the absence of more than 200 substances banned by many major athletic organizations, including stimulants, narcotics, steroids, diuretics, beta-2 agonists, and masking agents.
Perk up your body, just like water perks up a wilted houseplant! Drink water throughout the day and use a helper like Thorne Catalyte as an electrolyte supplement, especially after physical activity.
* These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.