We all know how important water is for our body. It is a critical part of all the essential physiological functions in our body like digestion, absorption, circulation and excretion. Around 90% of our brain is composed of water..so you can imagine how critical water is for our neurological functions too.
You might have felt the acute symptoms like fatigue,dizziness and loss of concentration when you are deprived of water for some time.
Now you may ask how much is enough.. for a normal sedentary adult 2 to 2.5 litres of water per day is an average requirement by body but, in this scorching heat our body will ask for more and more and we tend to get attracted towards various flavours and colours to hydrates ourselves. Here is an insight on different drinks and their effects on your body.
SOFT DRINKS,DIET DRINKS,ENERGY DRINKS
Summer is considered as the season of soft drink companies. Soda drinks, energy drinks, and if you are health and fitness conscious then there are diet sodas, protein drinks etc.
The question however is are these healthy drinks?
NO,sodas are absolutely zero in providing any nutritious benefit to you. In fact they act as slow poison in your body. Obesity,fatty liver,insulin resistance,ageing and few types of cancer are some of the lifestyle diseases found to be caused by long term use of soda drinks.Sodium in soda makes you thirstierthus prompting u to drink more of it and you tend to consume more calories and more preservatives.
And if you thought diet sodas are healthy option. No, they are not except that they are zero in calories. They are equally harmful. Studies have suggested an increased risk of diabetes and some types of cancers because of the aspartame and phosphates present in them.
The caffeine in the caffeinated diet soda in fact causes diuresis (excess urination) making your body cells more dehydrated, causing the shrinkage in the cell size and bringing out early muscle fatigue.
You might be watching various advertisements attracting you towards those colourful energy drinks which promise to refresh you instantlybut, hold on…they are nothing but a solution of simple sugar and water.
Moreover, if you read the nutritional label on the bottles,you may see just few grams of sugar but, if you read it carefully,the amount generally displayed is as per one serving which is far lesser than you may consume in a go.
e.g..If you read the label of ‘Red Bull’ drink, you will notice per serving of Red Bull contains 27 grams of sugar which is more than 5tsf of sugarand one container contains 3 servings of that. This clearly explains the how much sugar you are consuming at a time in one Red Bull.
SO WHAT ARE THE HEALTHIER OPTIONS?
* LASSI: If you prefer sweet lassi, add natural sweeteners like jaggery or honey which contain traces of essential vitamins and minerals too,unlike refined sugar which is loaded with empty calories.
For a saltier versionadd rock salt or black salt for that tangy test and a dose of much required natural minerals.
FRUIT AND VEGETABLE JUICES: Have them custom-made without adding sugar and preferably with pulp to get the goodness of the fibres too. Like watermelon juice,orange juice,lemon water,cucumber-mint juice,ABC juice (Apple-Carrot-Beat)
GREEN TEA: Have a cooler version of green tea. You may use organic honey for a sweeter taste.
FRUIT SMOOTHIES:Blend fruits like apple,banana,strawberries with milk and yogurt…add soaked dates or dried dates powder (you can store it for recurrent use) for the sweeter taste. Enjoy this natural protein shake after a hot workout. This is the best post workout meal as it gives you both Carbs as well as proteins.