Beverages are part of a healthy lifestyle

(NC)—Canadians care about their health and wellness. Most people know that a healthy lifestyle includes a balanced diet and regular physical activity, but many are unsure of how beverage options fit into their particular lifestyle.

Approximately 60% of an adult's body weight consists of water. This water is essential for health and supports many bodily functions such as digestion, lubrication of body parts including eyes and mouth, cushioning joints, maintaining blood volume and regulating body temperature. It also transports important nutrients like carbohydrate to your cells to produce the energy your muscles and brain use for fuel to keep you productive throughout the day.

With fluids playing such a significant role in the body, it is important to replenish the fluid that the body naturally loses throughout the day to avoid dehydration. Inadequate fluid intake can lead to fatigue, weakness, headache, irritability, dizziness and even impaired physical performance.

In fact, losing as little as one to two per cent of body weight from fluids can impair physical performance and our ability to think. Something that is important for everyone, whether you work in an office, are a recreational sports enthusiast or are a professional athlete.

“It's always best to satisfy your thirst with water,” says Registered Dietitian, Cathy Pearson, “but there are so many other beverages choices to consider that provide taste and enjoyment, refreshment and sometimes essential nutrients. Pay attention to portion size and make informed choices by checking the nutrition information panel. If you're physically active, be sure to up your fluid intake!”

Your fluid requirements depend on your age, activity level and you body's needs. Dietitians of Canada recommends the following:

Some simple hydration tips:

• Canadians have an abundance of hydration choices including plain, flavoured or sparkling waters, juices, fruit drinks, tea, coffee, milk, soft drinks and sports drinks.

• Balance your choices by considering how much and how often to consume various beverages. All foods and beverages can have a role in a balanced lifestyle.

• Become familiar with the nutrition information provided on the product label – including serving size, calories, sugar, sodium and caffeine.

• For people watching their calories, there are a wide range of no- and low-calorie beverage options available.

More information on this topic or other beverage related topics, you can check out the Canadian Beverage Association's website at


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