Did you know that for every ounce of soda pop you drink, you are dehydrated two ounces!?
That's right, when you drink pop, and other sugar-laden drinks, you are actually dehydrating yourself! You are not only NOT solving your thirst, you are making the problem worse.
What about diet soft drinks: well, studies have shown that aspartame causes excessive thirst, as well, as a huge list of health and brain problems.
A University of Arizona study noted that caffeinated drinks cause dehydration, too, because caffeine is a natural diuretic. A 2005 study with the American Journal of Sports Nutrition and Energy Metabolism showed no significant urine volume change between one group going caffeine-free, and another group drinking caffeinated drinks. They linked this to the anti-diuretic hormone in the human body, which would bring about an intracellular retention of the fluids being released from the cells by the caffeine.
Every single cell in the human body needs water to function well. The healthy range for hydration has been shown to be about 70-75% water. For many people, this equates to drinking 1/2 ounce of water per every pound of body weight. Therefore, a healthy amount of water for a normal-weight female of 135-150 pounds would be about 64 - 70 ounces of water daily. Of course, when eating raw vegetables and some fruits that are laden with water, or consuming low-salt soups and low-no sugar drinks, the actual amount of water needed is less, because the foods and drinks are providing water.
Signs of dehydration include: fatigue, dry lips, thirst, headache, foggy thinking, dry mouth, yellow smelly urine, dry skin, dizziness, and no wet diapers in three hours for infants.
When you get off soda and drink pure water, you'll find you become addicted to water and how good you feel from it. So kick the soda habit and start a water habit today!
For a delicious hydrating drink, mix a little liquid stevia with 1/2 tsp lemon or lime juice and 12 ounces of water. Delicious and nutritious!
Another delicious hydrating treat is mixing a little Vanilla Cream flavored liquid stevia into 12 ounces of water. Tastes like desert!