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Eat to Quench Your Thirst
Water or a light sports drink are obvious solutions to the parched tongue that often goes hand-in-hand with a tough workout. But have you ever thought about eating to hydrate your body?
Some experts say food can also have an impact on your daily fluid needs, making water less of a forced effort and more of an everyday habit.
While the debate for daily water needs rages on, many health gurus are sticking with a flexible approach that allows people to recognize that fluid needs may differ from person to person. This might be where food steps in as a source of fluid. Foods like lean meats, poultry, fish and water-packed fruits and veggies can all contribute to one's daily fluid needs. The bonus is that food also encourages people to consume more liquids in order to wash down a meal, so it’s a win-win situation.
Fruits and veggies, like bananas, broccoli, cucumbers, watermelon and apples are all ideal pre- and post-workout snacks, and, given their thirst-quenching benefits, it looks like they may also lend a hand in re-hydrating your body after a tough sweat session.
Don't throw out your water bottle. Be sure to keep it handy during a workout. Food may be a bonus, but liquids are always necessary.
What’s your favorite pre-or post-workout snack? [CNN]