By Delta Dental on Friday, June 7, 2019

Fuel your summer fun with water

Summer provides opportunities for kids to be more active as they participate in sports, outdoor activities and day camps.

The summer heat and the nature of being more active means we have to remember to hydrate to keep our bodies healthy. The ultimate rehydration drink is water. Even though sports drinks are marketed as the ideal fuel after exercise and activity, water is a healthier option.

RETHINK YOUR DRINK: Choose water over sugary drinks

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Marketing around sports drinks emphasizes the ability of these drinks to rehydrate, and replenish the carbohydrates and electrolytes we lose during exercise. Sports drinks can be great for serious athletes who truly exercise enough to need the replenishment that sports drinks can offer, studies show. However, the majority of people drinking these sports drinks are not as physically active as they should be.

In reality, sports drinks are full of sugar. A 32-ounce sports drink can contain a whopping 200 calories and 16 teaspoons of sugar. That’s just about the same amount of sugar that is in a 20-ounce soda! 


Sugar-sweetened beverage consumption is associated with obesity and dental cavities. Water provides a low-cost, zero-calorie beverage option and is a healthy alternative to sugary drinks.

Sports drinks may not be the best drink to fuel your child as they head to sports practice and summer camps. The better option to fuel summer fun? Fruits, vegetables, and water. Fruits and vegetables are an excellent, natural way for your child to replenish carbohydrates and electrolytes.

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Water is a great choice for rehydration as it is essential for the health of our bodies, including our oral health. In addition to fueling the body, it helps wash away cavity-causing bacteria, something that sugary sports drinks cannot do.

So, skip the sports drink and keep your summer fuel simple with water, fruits and vegetables!

Blog content provided by Delta Dental of Iowa, a proud supporter of the Healthiest State Initiative and Get Your Bib On.