When it comes to being hydrated, there are a lot of different beverages to choose from, but not all have the same effect or are of equal benefit to the body.
The following are recommendations from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Nutrition Program:
Choose water over processed drinks. Soda and energy or sports drinks contain high amounts of added sugar and are therefore high in calories. Water, however, is always good for you. Always carry a bottle of water in your handbag or briefcase to quench your thirst throughout the day.
Other options for staying hydrated include fruit or vegetable juices that are 100% natural; however, consuming more than one portion of juice a day is not recommended as it also includes sugar (fructose, which is a natural sugar) and calories. The following image explains the difference between a fruit-flavored sugary beverage and natural juice.
Milk is also a healthy nutritious option as it provides calcium, potassium and vitamin D; one or two servings of milk a day is the recommendation amount. This beverage, however, is also high in fat, which is why it is suggested to opt for low-fat or fat-free milk.