It’s summer time, and as the heat turns up in July and August, it’s especially important to drink enough fluids during the day. Staying hydrated is important for carrying out the body’s essential processes and helps keep you feeling energized, even in the hot weather.
So, what are the best drinks for you if you have diabetes? The American Diabetes Association recommends sticking mostly to drinks that have zero calories or are very low in calories. When you choose these drinks, they’ll have little effect on your blood glucose and won’t cause weight gain. Water is one of the healthiest and easiest choices, but we know that a lot of people prefer some variety in their beverages.
Bored with water? There are a lot of other great beverage options:
Wondering if the caffeine in coffee and tea causes dehydration? According to an Institute of Medicine (IOM) report, these drinks actually contribute to your overall fluid intake despite their mild diuretic effects.
In addition to your drink choices, some foods can also contribute to your water intake. You’ll actually get some fluids from eating fruits and vegetables. So - make sure that you are filling half of your plate with non-starchy vegetables at lunch and dinner, and include a few servings of fruit throughout the day too! It’s a great time of year for fresh produce!
To read more about drink options, what to avoid, and what is best, visit What Can I Drink? on diabetes.org.
by Charles Mattocks
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