Now's a good time to remind you that water is absolutely essential to good health and high performance.
The human body is roughly 60 percent water, and water plays a crucial role in almost every important bodily process. Water transports nutrients and oxygen, supports proper muscle contraction, improves joint function and fights fatigue.
Being even slightly dehydrated can cause decreases in reaction time, mood and focus.
The negative effects of not drinking enough water are almost too many to count. And many people feel the effects each and every day.
A recent study found that more than 50% of American teens and children don't drink enough water, and 25% of them don't drink any water on a daily basis. Adults aren't faring much better. Forty-three percent of them drink fewer than four cups a day.
While vitaminwater might have the word "water" in its name, it's pretty much at the exact opposite end of the spectrum when it comes to healthiness.
That's because the second ingredient in the drink is "crystalline fructose," which is really just a fancy way of saying sugar.
Most varieties pack 32 grams of sugar per 20-ounce serving, which is a dreadfully high amount for a product that advertises itself as a healthy everyday option.
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