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Are We Really Talking About Pee and Sweat?

by Courtney on July 31, 2014

So a few weeks ago, I told you guys about this month’s Add Flavor Challenge I’m working on with Propel. If you remember (I know, I’m so behind on life this month), my challenge was to keep properly hydrated for an entire week, both with workouts and just with my day-to-day life.

When I originally got the results from my Sweat Rate test, I found out my sweat rate was a little on the lighter side. But I also knew that the results I got on that particular day were not typical, so I’d probably consider myself an average sweater (gah, it gets kind of gross talking about how much you sweat, doesn’t it?!).

Keeping that in mind, I figured I’d tackle my week-long challenge with a target of drinking 1-2 more glasses/day than I typically do and making sure I drink a good amount before and after my workouts.

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I found that it’s much easier for me to get my daily water/liquid intake during the week than on the weekends. During the week I’m at work and I always have my water bottle right next to me, drinking all day long. On the weekends, I’m usually not sitting still for very long and am usually either chasing after a toddler (ay yi yi, that sounds so weird to say?!) or doing some sort of work around the house. And this was evidenced by the fact that my urine was more like apple juice (cup #1) below, rather than light lemonade (cup #2), which is what it should look like.

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While I was on my call a few weeks back with Laura Daray, the scientist and “resident hydration expert” at the Gatorade Sports Science Institute, I also learned a fun fact:

Clear urine is a myth. Often times, we hear that our urine should be “clear,” but actually, this would indicate that you’re probably drinking too much, or more than what you’re sweating out.

But enough about the pee talk…let’s keep things movin’.

Another fun fact? Well I’m sure we’ve all heard by now that “coffee is dehydrating.” But according to Laura, the liquid of the gods is actually not dehydrating when consumed in normal amounts!

does coffee dehydrate you?

Technically, anything with fluid is hydrating you, so as long as you’re consuming it in moderate amounts, it totally counts towards your liquid intake for the day. So drink up! Moderately. Winking smile

So what’s with all the talk about staying properly hydrated? What’s the big deal?!

Well, symptoms of dehydration run the gamut, from grumpiness to cardiovascular strain. It may seem like something that’s really not that big of a deal, but it’s effects can have a major impact on your body and your performance.

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Proper hydration and fueling is super important to not only doing your best, but feeling your best. I mean, if you’ve been absolutely miserable during your workouts lately, maybe take a step back and evaluate your hydration strategy. Are you not drinking enough, which is leading to that irritability and making you hate those burpees even more? Or are you just a crazy pants and doing something nutzo like training for a marathon? (<—please, nobody get offended by that, I’m just kidding…sort of.) Winking smile

So basically, the main takeaway from today’s post? Drink, drink, DRINK! And, of course, to make sure you’re not only staying properly hydrated but also adding back in some of those electrolytes you lost while working out, go ahead and grab yourself a Propel.

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The kiwi strawberry is one of my favorites, in case you were curious.

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And, on that note, I’m off to go grab my water bottle. But before I leave…

I just couldn’t resist. The boy has baby swag after getting his new Mickey shades for his birthday. He kills me.

Have a great Thursday, my friends! We’re in the home stretch now. Smile

Disclaimer: This post is part of my partnership with Propel. All opinions, as always, are my own.

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1 Kristin@Dietitian's Corner July 31, 2014 at 6:11 am

Love the baby swagger and love that the myth that coffee is dehydrated has been debunked!

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2 Erica { EricaDHouse.com } July 31, 2014 at 6:28 am

I don’t drink coffee (I’m a freak, I know) but I always assumed it wasn’t dehydrating since so many runners drink it before running!

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3 Linz @ Itz Linz July 31, 2014 at 6:31 am

TOO CUTE!! I definitely did not know coffee could count toward a hydration goal when consumer in moderate amounts. I just introduced caffeine back into my life in very very small portions as I’m still breastfeeding. I can’t remember, did you continue to drink coffee while nursing? I don’t want anything to affect my supply but sometimes really want a little something! So I have literally a half cup..
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4 Brynn July 31, 2014 at 6:33 am

I want to go on thinking that coffee is dehydrating because when I have it I always make an extra effort to drink water.
Love the picture of Lucas in the shades!
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5 Alexis @ Run Crush July 31, 2014 at 6:49 am

Tehe what a little bro :) And hey, a little talk about pee and sweat in the name of health is never a bad thing!
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6 Kim @FITsique July 31, 2014 at 8:18 am

Great information. I know and am constantly teaching people about hydration, but I’m not going to lie its hard to keep up with sometimes! Drinking plain old water gets old so its nice to know my morning cup of joe helps too!
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7 Becky @ Olives n Wine July 31, 2014 at 8:26 am

I totally notice a difference in my mood and fitness performance when I am not drinking enough water. I definitely don’t have to be dehydrated to feel it either – just a little less water than normal and my body revolts ;)
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8 Beks July 31, 2014 at 9:02 am

So my Venti iced coffee is GOOD for me! Yay!
I’m like you. I do great with water at work, but I don’t really think about it on weekends. I’m trying to be better but it’s hard.
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9 Stacie @ SimplySouthernStacie July 31, 2014 at 9:03 am

I can’t believe I’m about to leave a comment about pee, but here we go! I never knew that the color of your pee was a myth. Mindblown!
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10 Katy July 31, 2014 at 9:18 am

As awkward as a topic as it can be to discuss, I’m so glad you posted this! I am NEVER properly hydrated because I am just never thirsty. I can go all day with just a cup of coffee and as a teacher it’s much more convenient to be dehydrated than to be leaving the class every hour to pee. This summer I have been trying so hard to consciously drink water and I have fallen victim to the “clear pee” myth. I would be shocked when I drank the recommended amount and my pee was still a little yellow. Thanks for debunking!
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11 Katie@LifesNextBigStep July 31, 2014 at 9:20 am

He is just the cutest!! And I’m with you on being really good during the week with staying hydrated. Come Monday, I can always tell I haven’t had enough water over the weekend. Darn toddlers :)
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12 Megan July 31, 2014 at 9:41 am

I’m glad to hear that coffee is dehydrating! I also thought your pee was suppose to be clear. Wow I’ve learned so much!
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13 Fiona @ Get Fit Fiona July 31, 2014 at 10:22 am

Those sunglasses are just too much – they’re so cute!
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14 Sam @ Better With Sprinkles July 31, 2014 at 10:34 am

Good to know about the clear pee thing – mine usually is, so I think I might be overdoing it a little!
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15 haley @Cupcakes and Sunshine July 31, 2014 at 10:49 am

i know i definitely do not drink enough. ever. Thanks for the little reminder to keep hydrated!

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16 Holly @ EatGreatBEGreat July 31, 2014 at 10:52 am

Now that I’m pregnant, staying properly hydrated is a must, especially since it’s so hot outside. I always have to have a bottle of water with me and I also like to drink coconut water to provide me with some much needed electrolytes.
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17 alyssa July 31, 2014 at 11:12 am

I started drinking Propel when I first got pregnant because it had B6 in there to help with nausea. It was actually making me more dehydrated though because it has a ton of sodium :( Now I am sticking to Smart Water & Coconut water so I get electrolytes!

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18 April @ Simply Sweet Living July 31, 2014 at 11:17 am

Ugh. I use to be so good at staying hydrated. I would drink at least 70 ounces a day, now I think I drink about 30 ounces maybe? I’ve gotta get back to it. ;) Thanks for the hydration posts. It keeps me motivated.
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19 Torry @ Working on a Dream July 31, 2014 at 6:32 pm

It is so much easier to drink water at work then on the weekends I agree! I try and make an effort to remember to drink water on the weekends but having it sitting there next to you at your desks during the week is just easier!

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20 Peter July 31, 2014 at 10:30 pm

Thank you! That had been great therefore easy for cooking.
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