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Drink Coconut Water To Restore Your Body's Energy Levels

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Want all of the benefits of drinking a sports drink after a work out without all of the extra sugar and other additives? FitPerez contributor and personal trainer Ryan Walseth recommends coconut water! Find out why below!

After a sweat-evoking 60-minute workout, (strength and cardio of course) your body becomes depleted in it's glycogen and electrolyte stores.

Glycogen serves as your immediate source of energy (sugar).

- Low glycogen levels = low energy

Electrolytes assist in maintaining water balance in the body. They consist of magnesium, calcium, sodium, phosphorus and potassium.

- Low electrolyte levels = potential muscle cramping

So what should you reach for after your workout to replenish these depleted energy and hydration stores?

Sports drinks such as Gatorade, G2, Powerade, and Vitamin Water are popular choices. Unfortunately they all contain added sugar, high fructose corn syrup, and/or sucrose syrup as well as artificial colorings and additives.

A healthier alternative?

Coconut Water!

Coconut water contains naturally occurring sugar (glycogen) from the fruit, and more potassium (electrolytes) than a banana.

I sampled nearly a dozen different brands finding a couple to my liking:

1. Zico
2. Taste Nirvana (with Aloe)

If you haven't tried Coconut Water yet, check it out and let me know what you think! Found in any grocers refrigeration or beverage aisle.

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The Importance Of Hydration

Filed under: Exclusives!FoodHealthLisa DeFazio

With the summer heat in full force, it's now more important than ever to stay hydrated!

Once you begin to feel the effects of dehydration it's TOO LATE to stop it, so make sure you're drinking enough liquid BEFORE it strikes!

Since not all liquids are created equal, check out the video above for great tips from FitPerez dietician Lisa DeFazio on how to keep yourself and family properly hydrated!

Got any questions for Lisa? Don't hesitate to send them to tips@fitperez.com for an answer!

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Pediatricians Recommend Keeping Kids Away From Energy Drinks

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Kids already have ENOUGH energy, why would they need an energy drink?!

The American Academy of Pediatrics has written in the June issue of Pediatrics that kids SHOULD NOT be sucking down energy drinks.

Obvious reasons include too much caffeine (more than 100 milligrams per drink sometimes), which is not only addictive, but can increase heart rate, blood pressure, speech, anxiety levels and lead to insomnia.

Dr. Cynthia Pegler, an adolescent medical specialist in New York City, said:

"Too much caffeine is not good for anybody and can lead to sleep problems, and if a child is also on a stimulant medicine to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, you are now getting an extra whammy. This is not a good combination."

Makes sense to us! She recommends getting your kid hooked on water at an early age instead of relying on sugary sports drinks like Gatorade too, explaining:

"For most kids who do sports, water was the drink to encourage instead of all these other sugary drinks."

Beyond energy drinks, the Academy of Pediatrics does not recommend sports drinks either. Although they are not overloaded with caffeine, they contain unnecessary sugars, which lead to obesity and cavities. The report explained:

"Most sports drinks have calories and sugar which can lead to weight gain and dental erosion. They have a limited use for specific kids and teen athletes involved in prolonged vigorous sports or other activities."

We don't recall needing an energy drink to get us through the day as kids, so we don't see why any kids would need them now.

Are your kids too tired to get through the school day? Doctors suggest that consuming energy drinks is merely "a band-aid for an underlying problem that needs evaluation."

Totally agree! We'll leave parenting up to parents, but the danger of children unnecessarily consuming energy drinks is definitely something EVERY person raising a child should be aware of.

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