Guys agonize over the menu—steak or chicken, fries or baked caesar —but few of us seriously think about what to drink. “I’ll have what he’s having,” we say. Or we fall back on knee-jerk favorites: a cola, a cold one, a cup of coffee, a cocktail. But our bodies are 60 percent fluid i.e. 108 pounds of a 180-pound man are H20—so what we drink is just as important as what we eat.
“Staying hydrated and drinking the right thing at the right time can make a difference in how you feel and perform”
Drinking something is the quickest way to nourish, refuel, recover, and re-energize yourself. To remove your confusion of what not to drink, we bring you the 19 most unexpected occasions to drink to your health. Consider hitting the bottle in any of these conditions.
- Symptoms: HUNGER
- Symptoms: INDIGESTION
- Symptoms :ANXIETY
- Symptoms: CONSTIPATION
- Symptom: INSOMNIA
- Symptom : OVEREATING
- Symptom: FINISHED EXERCISING
- Symptom: SORENESS FROM WORKING OUT
- Symptom: HOPING TO PREVENT CANCER
- Symptom: DIARRHEA
- Symptom: SICK WITH AN INFECTION
- Symptom: DINNER’S NOT FOR AN HOUR, BUT YOU’RE FAMISHED NOW
- Symptom: HEADACHE
- Symptom: TIREDNESS
- Symptom: HANGOVER
- Symptom: PREPARING FOR A WORKOUT
- Symptom: HOARSENESS WITH A SORE THROAT
- Symptom: DRY SKIN
- Symptom: THIRST AND LACK OF CASH
Remedy: You’re on the road, scanning fast-food joints. Head to a drink outlet instead, and grab a canned meal replacement, such as Ensure (250 calories, 6 grams of fat) or Boost (240 calories, 4 grams of fat). They give you much of what you need. Or have tomato juice. It’s thick and satisfying.
Remedy: Buy a bottle of peppermint oil and mix a few drops with 2 teaspoons of sugar. Dissolve the mixture in a half-glass of water. It should help reduce spasms in your intestinal tract.
Remedy: Have a brew, but make it a nonalcoholic beer. The hops will calm you down.
Remedy: You need liquid and fiber to spur your cranky colon, so mix a fruit smoothie. Toss an orange, a banana some frozen berries, a handful of cereals, some orange juice, a and ice into a blender. Pour the concoction into your travel mug and head to work. By the time you turn on your PC, you’ll be ready to download.
Remedy: Try warm milk, just like Mom used to make. Milk contains L-tryptophan, the same protein that has you fighting for couch space after your Thanks-giving turkey dinner. What to avoid: alcohol. A bottle of cold duck may put you out, but you won’t sleep as well, and you’ll be likely to wake up—we hope—to pee.
Symptom : OVEREATING
Remedy: Drinking too much water right after exercise encourages your kidneys to excrete it faster. So have a sports drink, t such as Gatorade. Sports drinks contain small amounts of sodium and electrolytes that help direct the water where it’s needed most in the body.
Symptom: FINISHED EXERCISING
Remedy: Studies show that both carbohydrates and protein are necessary for refueling after a hard workout. So buy a powdered drink mix that has the necessary 4-to-1 ratio of carbohydrates to protein. Or have 16 ounces of orange juice and half of a tuna sandwich.
Symptom: SORENESS FROM WORKING OUT
Remedy: Here’s your excuse to have a dark beer. Heavy brews, such as porters, contain flavonoids—antioxidants that help you recover more quickly from your morning blast-a-thon. But be sure you’re properly hydrated before you imbibe. Alcohol is a diuretic.
Symptom: HOPING TO PREVENT CANCER
Remedy: Make yourself a cup of hot chocolate. Cocoa powder has more antioxidant power than green tea or any fruit or vegetable you can name. Numerous studies have shown that antioxidants fight cancer.
Remedy: Diarrhea swiftly depletes the fluids and essential electrolytes that keep your system balanced. You need to re-place them fast, so have a sports drink to refuel. Better yet, if you have Pedialyte in the house for your kids, try that. (Pedialyte also comes in freezer pops, in case you’re having trouble keeping down fluids.)
Symptom: SICK WITH AN INFECTION
Remedy: Green or black tea fights infections, even those caused by antibiotic-resistant bacteria. In lab studies, a component in the tea made Staphylococcus aureus-the resistant superbug—more vulnerable. Also, chicken soup can help‘you feel better. Simply breathing in the vapors can open your sinuses. And swallowing the hot broth increases bloodflow to the affected area, allowing white blood cells speedy access so they can start fighting infection faster.
Symptom: DINNER’S NOT FOR AN HOUR, BUT YOU’RE FAMISHED NOW
Remedy: You need some fat and protein to feel satisfied, but you don’t want to fill up. The perfect solution is 1% milk. Pretzels or other snacks aren’t satisfying enough, and heavier foods will dampen your appetite.
Remedy: Since your brain is three-quarters water, maybe dehydration is the problem. So first try 16 ounces of water. If you’re suffering from a migraine, brew a pot of coffee. Caffeine has a constricting effect on the arteries in your head, which can help relieve pain.
Remedy: Pass on the caffeine, and have a club soda with lemon or lime instead. The carbonation and aroma will energize you.
Remedy: Drink a Spicy vegetable juice or a virgin Bloody Mary. The spices help dilate blood vessels, which could speed recovery by improving blood circulation. Also, antioxidants from the tomatoes will help fight damage from the alcohol.
Symptom: PREPARING FOR A WORKOUT
Remedy: Drink 17 ounces of water or a sports drink 2 hours before exercises. If your workout lasts longer than an hour, have a sports drink. Your fluid in-take should match your sweat loss, and your drink should contain carbohydrates and electrolytes to help move water to your intestines.
Symptom: HOARSENESS WITH A SORE THROAT
Remedy: The vitamin C in orange juice would help, but the acid might exacerbate the soreness. So try tea with a few lemon wedges squeezed in—you’ll get a dose of vitamin C, and the warmth will soothe your throat.
Symptom: DRY SKIN
Remedy: The next time you make a drink in the blender, toss in some flax seed. The oil from this grain that you can buy at supermarkets or health food stores will help keep your skin smooth and glowing.
Symptom: THIRST AND LACK OF CASH
Remedy: Switch from fancy bottled water to tap water. In a survey of the purity of bottled waters, one-third of 103 brands failed to meet either industry guidelines or state standards.
So next time before grabbing a can of soft drink, think twice that what could be the best drink you can have at that moment to fetch your thirst.
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