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The Best Thirst Quenchers

author image Beth Greenwood
Beth Greenwood is an RN and has been a writer since 2010. She specializes in medical and health topics, as well as career articles about health care professions. Greenwood holds an Associate of Science in nursing from Shasta College.
The Best Thirst Quenchers
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When you’ve been working or exercising hard and feel the need for a refreshing beverage, you’ll find plenty of options. Unfortunately, many of those are high in sugar, calories or caffeine, according to the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, which recommends you quench your thirst with water, milk or a little fruit juice.

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Go for the Water

Water should always be your first choice when you’re thirsty, according to the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. If your urine is almost clear and odor-free, you're drinking enough fluids. If not, increase your fluid intake. For a post-workout drink, try fat-free or low-fat milk; in addition to being a thirst-quencher, it’s packed with calcium and other nutrients. Although 100-percent fruit juice can be a good source of nutrients, it tends to be high in sugars and calories. The academy suggest you limit fruit juice to 4 to 6 ounces a day. The American Dietetic Association recommends sports drinks of 6 percent to 8 percent carbohydrate only when you’ve spent at least 60 minutes in moderate- to high-intensity activity.

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