Picture water rushing through a fresh mountain stream. Everyone likes the image of pure flowing water. Did you know ⅔ of our body is made up of water?
We need to drink water every day. It cleanses and purifies our body.
Water is a great choice to keep a healthy heart because it has no calories and no artificial ingredients. It replaces our sweat loss after exercise and it can help prevent dizziness and headaches. Most children should try to drink 8 glasses every day with approximately 8 oz. of water in each glass.
And, if you’re sweating a lot from your daily exercise, you may even need more. Try to drink water even before you get thirsty, and before a meal to keep your stomach filled so you’re more likely to eat appropriate portion sizes.
For a change of pace, don’t forget your low-fat milk. Try to have fat free or 1% fat white milk. At school, choose white milk, which is the healthiest choice because it doesn’t have the added sugar that’s in flavored milk.
The goal is to have no sugary drinks in a day. That means no juice, no soda, no sweet tea, no energy drinks, and no sports drinks. Sugar builds up in our body and can add unwanted weight over time.
Try to replace one of your non-water drinks with water and keep working until you’re drinking only water and low-fat white milk in a day. Your heart will thank you.
February is American Heart Month!