Caffeine and Hydration

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How does caffeine affect hydration in our bodies? 

Many people will tell you that drinking coffee, drinking caffeine will dehydrate you. According to recent studies, this is a myth. Coffee actually aids in hydration! Pretty cool right?

"It is true that caffeinated fluids can contribute to your daily fluid requirement. Drinking caffeine–containing beverages as part of a normal lifestyle doesn't cause fluid loss in excess of the volume ingested. While caffeinated drinks may have a mild diuretic effect — meaning that they may cause the need to urinate — they don't appear to increase the risk of dehydration. Still, caffeinated drinks can cause headaches and insomnia in some people. Water is probably your best bet to stay hydrated. It's calorie–free, caffeine–free, inexpensive and readily available." http://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/nutrition-and-healthy-eating/expert-answers/caffeinated-drinks/faq-20057965

"...For instance, one study found that caffeine didn't hinder hydration among athletes who consumed caffeinated beverages to rehydrate throughout practices in the heat.

This new study adds to the evidence, that among everyday coffee drinkers — say, those of us who routinely sip a cup of Joe or two at the office — the old wives' tale that coffee will lead to dehydration is really just that: a tale." - http://www.npr.org/sections/thesalt/2014/01/13/262175623/coffee-myth-busting-cup-of-joe-may-help-hydration-and-memory

 Here's just another article to further our argument that caffeine doesn't hurt hydration. 

https://www.runnersworld.com/newswire/study-moderate-caffeine-intake-doesnt-lead-to-dehydration

So feel good that you can continue to drink your daily coffee! 

Symptoms of Dehydration

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When you're exercising regularly, it's important to make sure you are consuming enough water.  With August being a very hot month, and people sweating a lot during workouts, make sure you are replenishing your body. Dehydration is serious but can be easily avoided. 

If you are experiencing any of these more obvious symptoms, you may be dehydrated. (http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/dehydration/symptoms-causes/dxc-20261072)

  • extreme thirst
  • less frequent urination
  • dark colored urine
  • fatigue
  • dizziness
  • confusion

Here are some other symptoms that could also explain dehydration. These symptoms don't necessarily mean dehydration so just because you have dry skin or headaches, don't freak out! (https://www.everydayhealth.com/news/unusual-signs-of-dehydration/)

  • bad breath
  • dry skin
  • muscle cramps
  • fever and chills
  • cravings (especially for sugar)
  • headaches

Here's another helpful article about how to spot dehydration http://www.activebeat.co/diet-nutrition/the-top-10-signs-of-dehydration/5/

 

Water and Your Skin

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One thing that is often discussed around drinking water and hydration is the affect it has on skin. Many people often note that they experience clearer younger looking skin when they stay fully hydrated. Why is this? What is it about water that makes such a difference? 

We are encouraging all of our members participating in the 21 day water challenge to take a before and after photograph to compare how their skin changed by upping their water intake and keeping their body well hydrated. 

Some people say it's just anecdotal. That some people who drink plenty of water experience clearer skin, less acne, etc.  Many people notice how their wrinkles decrease and their skin feels tighter and firmer. While others experience no difference whatsoever.

This article explains how your skin is an organ made up cells and cells need water. Drinking enough water and staying hydrated is beneficial for your skin. You may not see results overnight but as you continue to keep your body hydrated you will probably see some change. What that change is? It differs person to person as each person has different skin. 

Whatever your thoughts on this, drinking water and staying fully hydrated is important for your body and definitely can't hurt your skin!

http://www.uwhealth.org/madison-plastic-surgery/the-benefits-of-drinking-water-for-your-skin/26334

 

Josh Judah Testimonial

I have been at Barefit for almost 2 years. I was looking for a short, fun workout that enhanced strength and cardio conditioning after having lost weight doing exercise videos. I learned about Barefit and that it was close to work so I checked it out. I was hooked after the first class. I found the classes fun and the workouts were exactly what I was looking for-creative and difficult! I also loved the energy in the space and the great attitides everyone brought with them. 

Over the past couple of years I have gotten to be stronger than I have ever been. I am literally amazed on Whim Days at what I can accomplish. I am also more flexible and in better cardiovascular shape than at any point in my life. I think the emphasis on functional movement and moving heavy things has really worked for me and I now have "go muscle" instead of "show muscle". And I can keep up with guys in the classes who are almost 20 years younger than me!

Stay hydrated by eating

We've done some research and compiled a list of the best foods to help you stay hydrated. It's no surprise to us that these are all fruits and vegetables! All of the foods listed below contain at least 90% water. Add these to your diet, especially in this summer heat, to help your body stay hydrated. 

Bell peppers, Cantaloupe, Cauliflower, Celery, Cucumbers, Radishes, Salad Greens (specifically spinach and iceberg lettuce), Strawberries, Tomatoes and Watermelon. 

Let's take a minute to specifically address one of these foods listed above. Iceberg lettuce. The food that's labeled as having no substantive value. Now, this product may not have as many nutrients as darker greens but it still has value, especially when talking about hydration.  At only 11-14 calories per cup, this is a great food to aid in weight loss. 

Iceberg lettuce also has magnesium, dietary fiber, potassium, iron and more. These health benefits aid in strengthening the immune system, heart health, the formation of red blood cells, etc. 

Because it contains folate, iceberg lettuce is great for women and helpful during pregnancy to prevent certain conditions including spina bifida. It also helps with insomnia and can aid in relaxing and providing sound sleep. Who knew right? 

Now, maybe consider adding iceberg lettuce to a sandwich, using it in place of a tortilla for tacos, and more! 

 

http://whatthafact.com/nutrition-facts-of-iceberg-lettuce/

https://www.organicfacts.net/health-benefits/vegetable/iceberg-lettuce.html

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