Want a dominant performance out of your youth football athletes? Teach your kids the importance of proper hydration; specifically the benefits of drinking WATER before/during/after practice and game days. Also, look to hydrate with fruits rich in water, such as watermelon, strawberries and grapefruit.
Why do we hydrate with water?
Simply put- water helps provide energy to our muscles and helps transport nutrients within our bodies. Want to avoid cramps? Drink water. Want to build some muscle? Bodybuilding.com tells us that water helps to build muscle by assisting in the formation of proteins. Water is the super fuel necessary to perform at the most optimal level.
Forget all of the beverage commercials featuring paid athletes drinking neon colored drinks that you’ve ever seen everywhere (tv, billboards, internet advertising). Sport drink marketers have a sole mission and that is to generate profit for their corporations. Truth: sugar is highly addictive. Sugary beverage consumption contributes to childhood obesity, diabetes and heart disease. The popular sports drinks have artificial colors, and weird ingredients that can make you befuddled. Let’s avoid what is unnecessary and stick to what is important.