Very nicely written, thank you.
I would add something: many drinks that aren't just water will actively dehydrate you. The article warns about drinking carbonated beverages and plain juices. Many drinks, such as apple juice and most sodas, are diuretic. Drinking a Coke or a carton of apple juice may actually dehydrate you as your kidneys allow more water into the urine.
For the adults, beer and other alcoholic beverages do the same thing, only worse. To metabolize the alcohol, the body must use water - a lot of it.
The article correctly points out the value of checking the electrolyte balance of sports drinks. It's certainly better to drink something rather than nothing, but there is no drink that fights dehydration quite like water. So have whatever you want, and have some water with it.
- 5/26/2015 8:01:48 AM