We all know that sugary drinks are never a good thing, however sometimes we don’t know what is so “not good” about them. Tufts University recently just released an article about the effects sugary drinks have on your brain. Recent studies have shown that regularly drinking sugary beverages, such as soda or fruit drinks, is associated with signs of brain aging and declining memory. Sugary beverages are associated with metabolic diseases like heart disease, fatty liver and obesity. So, regardless of how they affect your brain, they are not healthy.
The best and safest option should and always will be water. Water is sometimes hard for people to drink because of its lack of taste. There are many ways you can naturally flavor your water to make it taste better or to your liking. Try flavoring your water with items such as cucumber, lemon, oranges, berries, mango slices, herbs, mint or even watermelon.
It is so important to stay hydrated, especially when exercising or during these hot summer months. Being hydrated regulates your body temperature, lubricates and repairs joints and transports nutrients and waste throughout the body. If you are dehydrated you are risking your performance and safety. The recommendation is half a gallon of water each day!