The Importance of Hydration

You're an active adult who takes training and competition seriously. Even when it's just for bragging rights. A study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition offers some advice on hydration. Although researchers only calculated the daily water intake of children and teenagers, the 19 year olds who drank more than any other age group were only getting about 80 ounces a day. That total includes consumption of all beverages and foods.

True Strength Moment: The human body is 55% to 75% water. Even mild dehydration can limit physical and cognitive performance. Drinking water's good, but drinking a flavored beverage encourages continued drinking and a greater degree of hydration. Just make sure you check the facts panel to keep sugars and fats to a minimum. Mixing protein shakes and other powdered supplements with cold water adds to your hydration.
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