Water

Water affects everything

Water is the main component of blood and is essential for carrying nutrients to the cells and taking away waste products. If your body is short on fluids, one of the first signs is a feeling of fatigue. Sports drinks combine water with vitamins, minerals, and electrolytes — substances that help regulate body processes. But these extras won’t give you extra energy for ordinary, everyday activities (see box below).

To maintain your energy level during a workout, drink an 8-ounce glass of water before you start and another after you finish. If you’ll be exercising continuously for longer than 30 minutes, drink small amounts every 15 to 30 minutes.

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Check out sweet snacks and desserts in the Brilliant COOKBOOK for sweet alternatives to processed sugar. All recipes take 30 minutes or less to make. All recipes are two’fers and have a double or triple hit (they’ll work for another meal or good as frozen for another day)

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