Fuel your body with Hartz

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WE have all heard the general health advice that we should drink more water.

All the body’s chemical processes take place in water. We need water for digestion, to absorb nutrients, to help us move, get rid of waste and to regulate our body temperature. Water lubricates our joints, supports cell growth, and promotes healthy skin.

Water is an essential part of a healthy balanced diet.

When we don’t drink enough water we become dehydrated, and even low levels of dehydration can make us feel tired, sluggish and irritable.

In fact, the symptoms of dehydration are the same as hunger. Sometimes people think they are hungry when in fact that are just dehydrated and this can contribute to more calories being consumed, when a glass of water would have done the trick.

Water is actually an appetite suppressant and drinking a glass of water before a meal can also help reduce overall calorie intake.

To stay hydrated it is important to drink before we feel thirsty. This is especially important when we are exercising or if it’s a hot day.

When we exercise, we lose even more fluids through sweat, and we need to replace this to maintain our hydration levels. But we also lose vital electrolytes in our sweat, including a significant amount of sodium and lesser amounts of potassium, calcium and magnesium.

Electrolytes are minerals that conduct electricity when dissolved in water. They are essential for controlling our fluid balance (hydration), regulating our blood pressure, helping our muscles contract (including our heart), and maintaining the correct pH levels in our blood.

The loss of bodily fluids and electrolytes can lead to decreased strength, speed and focus. It was for this reason that sports drinks were first formulated.

These products were originally designed to rapidly rehydrate sportsmen and women. They also included large amounts of sugar to provide an instant energy boost.

They were formulated for premium athletes who would expend enormous amounts of calories every day and could easily burn the extra sugar contained in the drink.

Today some of the most popular sports drinks on the market still contain 9-15 teaspoons of sugar per serve. That is as much as a can of regular cola.

But if you are like me and exercise regularly to maintain a level of cardio fitness and a healthy weight, then it doesn’t make sense to spend half an hour exercising to expend 300 calories only to have a sports drink afterwards and immediately drink another 200-300 calories.

Most of us need to replace the lost fluids and lost electrolytes but not replace the calories we have just worked so hard to burn. That is where some of the new hydration and sports drinks come into play.

Drinks like the new Hartz Sports range provide a generous amount of fluids (750ml), but also contain the electrolytes and vitamins we need to remain active. And most importantly, Hartz Sports has no sugar and less than 10 calories per bottle.

Hartz Sports includes the four major electrolytes we lose through our sweat (sodium, potassium, calcium and magnesium) and 25 per cent of our daily requirement of critical vitamins B3, B5, B6 and B12. This helps us rehydrate and also helps our muscles recover after exercise.

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