How to Stay Hydrated Throughout the Day


Dehydration is one of the most common and underestimated dangers in our daily lives. You may not think about it or realize it and by the time it can seriously hurt you, you get so thirsty you finally get a drink. But what are the consequences or not being adequately hydrated all day, every day?

First of all, water regulates most functions in the body, it’s also a major part of all our cells and tissues. It helps in efficient transportation and distribution of oxygen by blood to all cells. When you are even slightly dehydrated you will feel tired and sluggish. You may experience headaches and dizziness or light headedness. What are you likely to do then? Grab a cup of coffee? This will dehydrate you further putting this vicious cycle in motion. What’s important to know is that by the time you physically experience thirst – your body is already telling you it’s desperate for water. You should strive to never allow that state to occur. Even slight dehydration will decrease your physical and mental abilities by up to 25%.

Secondly, water flushes out and removes waste from our systems. It helps keep cholesterol at bay and maintain healthy blood pressure. So when you feel sleepy and your blood pressure drops, forget the coffee and grab a bottle of water. If you observe dark urine with intense smell that is a worrying sign of dehydration, the color and smell suggest a high amount of waste and toxins.

Thirdly, water is essential for staying fit and losing/maintaining a healthy weight. Why? It regulates the metabolism and absorption of nutrients. It also helps keep hunger under control. Sometimes we mistake thirst for hunger.

Tips and Tricks

But you may not enjoy sipping on water all day, not have the time or forget. What can you do?

  1. For better taste and even more health benefits add a slice of lemon, fresh mint leaves or cucumber. You can always give a super free drink stick such as Slender Stick a try.  We get it – plain water is not everyone’s thing.
  2. Drink plenty of tea – red, green, herbal, fruit flavored – there is a kind for everyone. Swap coffee for a cup of herbal tea.
  3. Always carry a bottle with you. If you happen to be bored and reach for crisps or sweet to nibble on, you will sip on the drink you have, first.
  4. Make a point out of drinking a large glass of cool water when you wake up. It will energize you and kick start your metabolism.
  5. Instead of meeting your friends for beer or cocktails, find a nice tea/fruit juice bar and drink away!

It may seem awkward at first to ‘force’ yourself to drink but you will feel the effects soon enough and you will not want to stop!

Perform at your highest level with Sustamine™

Many companies are jumping on the Sutamine™ (l-alanyl-l-glutamine) wagon but many consumers know little about it. Sutamine™ had been introduced to the industry in the early parts of 2010, with a quick action in placing the compound into supplement formulations. The real question is, what is it?

The basics of Sustamine™ is that it is an ingredient that has scientifically proved to help hydrate the body and sustain energy during exercise or exertion.* It has been said to enhance water and electrolyte absorption during hydration process, stimulate glycogen synthesis*, inhibit muscle protein breakdown*, promote muscle protein synthesis, and stimulate the immune system*.

It has been shown in studies by the Institute of Exercise Physiology and Wellness, University of Central Florida that Sustamine™ has shown a large increase in cognitive response when consuming Sustamine™ than the participants that consumed nothing and those who consumed a sports electrolyte drink, not containing Sustamine™.

What makes this compound that much better than regular L-Glutamine?

The compound Sustamine™ is a set; Dipeptides: L-Alanyl-L-Glutamine. Dipeptides are whole proteins important for providing amino acids. A dipeptide is the most efficient form of protein for absorption. Dipeptides are processed and accepted by specific transporters that are located in the gut surface. The key to the dipeptide is for the body to absorb the l-glutamine compound more effectively.

USPlabs Modern BCAA+ - Sustamine

The first part of the Sustamine™ compound is l-alanine. Alanine is categorized as a non-essential amino acid, whereas glutamine is conditionally essential. Alanine is a key amino acid used for the transportation of nitrogen inside the bodies muscle structure to the liver. At the liver, the amino acid alanine is then converted to glucose. This process is called the “glucose-alanine cycle”.

Glutamine is a non-essential amino acid that holds many health benefits other than sports and recreational use. It can be used for individuals who are catabolic, malnourished, or those who are critically ill. Glutamine has shown to improve and support the bodies immune system, nitrogen balance and has shown to enhance the rate of protein synthesis.

Are there side effects of Sustamine™ use?

To date there has been NO adverse side effects reported when consuming Sustamine™ as a stand-alone product.*

As mentioned before, many brands in the supplement industry have began to use
Sustamine™ in their formulations. Some examples are USPlabs Modern BCAA+, Animal Juiced Aminos, and Betancourt Nutrition Glutamine Plus. For full nutritional panels, visit product pages to see which one is right for you and stay hydrated with Sustamine™!