Juice Hydrates You Better Than Water
By Tyler Woodward
When it comes to hydration, while it’s very important, it’s really not as simple as “just drink more water”. To understand how much water we need to drink, we should really be asking how much water are we losing and what else are we losing with it?
What Does Being Dehydrated Really Mean?:
When people think of being dehydrated, they think of water loss, but in reality that’s only one piece of the puzzle. When you pee or sweat you not only lose water, but you also lose electrolytes. Electrolytes are charged elements that consist of sodium, calcium, magnesium, potassium, and chloride. These electrolytes are extremely important to maintaining mineral and electrolyte balance in your cells, allowing the cells to function properly. If there is an excess or a deficiency in any one of these cells it can throw off the cell’s ability to conduct electricity, which is essential to life. To properly hydrate yourself you not only need water, but also these essential electrolytes.
In fact, drinking pure water can actually dehydrate you, this is why it’s said that you’re not supposed to drink distilled water. Distilled water is basically pure water, with all of the minerals among any other impurities taken out. When you drink distilled water, due to the lack of minerals, it can actually cause an influx of water into your cells which causes them to lyse or “implode”.
It’s worth noting this only happens if you drink a surplus of distilled water, probably gallons, and generally distilled water is safe to drink in normal quantities.
A similar concept applies to salt water. The salt is so concentrated in the salt water that when you drink it it can actually draw water out of your cells and into your bloodstream. This is why it’s said that if you’re stranded in the ocean do not drink the salt water, as it can further dehydrate you.
Depending on where you live, you also may be aware of “hard water” issues that you have in your region. Hard water is when an excess of inorganic minerals, usually calcium or magnesium are found in the water. Although the health ramifications of drinking hard water are not completely known, generally it’s a good idea to avoid drinking excessive amounts of inorganic (not bound to carbon) minerals.
Why Juice Is Great For Hydrating:
Juice can be a great way of hydrating for a number of reasons:
- It’s Pre-filtered
- Great Source Of Electrolytes
- Great Source Of Energy
Similarly to how pregnant mother’s give large amounts of their body’s nutrients and energy to their child, trees do the same to their fruit. Fruit is fruit bearing trees' only means of reproduction and they specifically need animals to consume their fruit and scatter the seeds.
For these reasons, fruit tends to be packed with highly absorbable vitamins and minerals including:
- Vitamin C
- Vitamin B1
- Vitamin B9
- Vitamin E
- Vitamin K
And often include some trace minerals like:
In addition to the abundance of vitamins and minerals found in fruit they also contain a number of unique anti-inflammatory and hormonally beneficial compounds.
For instance, Naringenin which is found in citrus fruits has been found to have anti-estrogenic and anti-aromatase properties (preventing the conversion of testosterone to estrogen). Naringenin in addition to quercetin and naringin, two other compounds found in fruit, are currently being studied for their potential effects on preventing cancer and heart disease.
Fruit is also a great source of energy. Generally, when you are dehydrated you have also somewhat depleted your energy stores, so it's a great idea to give "refuel" your cells.
Fruits are filled with sucrose, also known as sugar. Sugar is made up of one molecule of glucose and one molecule of fructose. Sugar is an ideal source of energy because fructose does not cause the release of insulin, because it is absorbed by the liver and used to replenish your energy stores as glycogen.
Glucose on the other hand (generally) requires the release of insulin in order to be absorbed and used in the cell. This isn’t inherently bad, but the more insulin that is released, the more likely for the energy to be stored as fat instead of burned as energy. This makes sugar an ideal source of energy because it’s made of 50% fructose, meaning a lot less insulin will need to be released for the glucose to be burned as fuel and thereby a smaller likelihood it will be stored as fat.
Read More: The Sugar Secret
The Downsides Of Water:
While fruits contain a ton of benefits, water can actually have a ton of detriments, specifically tap water. Tap water can contain:
- Birth Control
The list goes on…
Tap water can contain large amounts of toxic chemicals that overtime can severely damage the body. Additionally, most standard water filters don’t removement the harmful chemicals like pesticides, herbicides or medications in the water, instead only removing things like chlorine, and metals like iron and mercury. While this is admittedly better than nothing, it’s far from ideal.
While juices can also be subject to some of these chemicals, this is why it’s ideal to buy organic to ensure that these fruits were not subjected to any harmful pesticides or herbicides.
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