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  • Gila Daman, MS, RDN, LD, CDE

Enhanced Water Versus Plain H20


As Yom Kippur, the annual Day of Atonement fast approaches, water is on the brain. But what kind of water should we be drinking prior to the fast?

Our bodies are perfectly able to maintain our pH without drinking alkaline water. When it comes to vitamin-infused water, these may have additional calories and sugar. Plus, we absorb vitamins and minerals from food more effectively than from supplements.For very intense workouts, drinking water with electrolytes, such as potassium, will help your body retain water. But if you are not being that physically active during the day, electrolytes are not necessary.

I am going to be incorporating some electrolyte-enhanced water into my pre-fast regimen. I'm excited because it will be taking the place of Gatorade or Powerade, which are loaded with sugar, as well as artificial colors. (I tried the artificial-color-free Gatorade last year—did NOT like the way it tasted.)

Here's to an easy fast and a meaningful one as well!


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