- Decreases risk of chronic disease such as heart disease, type 2 diabetes, and some types of cancer.
- Increases muscle, bone, and joint development
- Improves strength and endurance
- Allows for weight management
- Relieves stress
- Increases energy, self-esteem, and mental health
- Reduces blood pressure and increases insulin sensitivity
- Decreases the risk of falls and improves cognitive functioning in older adults
Recipe: Nancy Clark’s Sports Nutrition Guidebook: 3rd Edition, Nancy Clark, MS, RD
- ¼ cup sugar
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- ¼ cup hot water
- ¼ cup orange juice (not concentrate) plus 2 tablespoons lemon juice
- 3 ½ cups cold water
- In the bottom of a pitcher, dissolve the sugar and salt in the hot water.
- Add the juice and the remaining water; chill.
- Quench your thirst!
(Additional tips: This recipe can be made without the lemon juice; however, the flavor will be weaker. Don’t like orange juice? Use the same amount of different fruit juice(s) when creating your own sports drink!)
Nutrition Information: (Makes 4 servings)
Contributed by: Devin Miller, Be Well Solutions Dietetic Intern