When it comes to beating the summer heat, water is your best choice – but if you’re going to be outside, vigorously moving or exercising for more than an hour, water isn’t always enough. Lack of proper hydration can lead to dehydration, which can lead to heat exhaustion, heat cramps and heat stroke, according to the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health. Dehydration can also have a negative impact on your oral health.
Dehydration can lead to a dry mouth and a decreased salivary flow. Without the proper amount of saliva in your mouth, your teeth are unable to protect themselves against harmful bacteria, and you risk tooth decay.
In order to avoid dehydration – and the harm it could do to your teeth - you need something a little stronger than just plain water to keep you going.
Enter sports drinks – designed for athletes and active adults alike to replenish fluids and electrolytes lost through sweat during intense physical activity. Drinking sport drinks can help protect your teeth and help keep you performing in tip-top shape!
Sports drinks are backed by science: according to the American College of Sports Medicine, sports drinks are beneficial for athletes performing intense exercise lasting more than 60 minutes. This is because sports drinks are full of electrolytes, which contain important minerals – like sodium, calcium, and potassium – that we need to keep our bodies going. We originally were able to get these minerals when our water would trickle down from the top of the mountains, collecting from the rocks as it came down and delivering delicious water to us.
Today, we need to purify our water due to the contaminates in our water supplies. But in purifying our water, we lose the minerals we were getting from it before.
The problem with getting these minerals from sports drinks, whether they’re organic or not, is that many of them are full of sugar. According to Healthy Eating Research, some sports drinks can contain as much as 19 grams of sugar, which equals approximately 5 teaspoons. Yikes! On top of that fact, the World Health Organization (WHO) guidelines recommend adults consume no more than 6 teaspoons of sugar per day and have advised only 3 teaspoons for children.
This much sugar in one drink can be awful for your health and teeth. The high acidity levels in the drinks erode the tooth enamel, the glossy outer layer of the tooth that protects our teeth from harm. Damage to tooth enamel is irreversible, and without the protection of enamel, teeth become overly sensitive, prone to cavities, and more likely to decay.
Fortunately, there is an alternative to the high-sugar sports drinks, and it’s called: ROAR Organic!
ROAR Organic is a lifestyle beverage providing all the added benefits of a sports drink unlike any other available on the market. Being organic, it is a ready-to-drink electrolyte beverage made with a coconut water base, which has been proven to restore hydration in the body after workouts containing the minerals your body needs to replenish itself. ROAR Organic is a drink that will keep you both hydrated and energized! Plus, it tastes great – without all the added, artificial sugar that comes with a regular sports drink. In fact, there are no artificial flavors, no preservatives, no high fructose corn syrup, and no gluten. And it’s made from entirely organic ingredients – so you’re not compromising your health for flavor. You get both the health benefits and great flavor in one delicious, dynamic beverage.
Drinking ROAR Organic is not detrimental to your teeth as other sports drinks may be.
As I’ve always advised with fluids that are not water, make sure to rinse your mouth out with water following consumption of it anyway, or chew sugar-free gum. Both tactics increase saliva flow, which naturally helps to return the acidity levels in the mouth to normal. Since many athletes and active adults tend to overlook their teeth, it’s important to follow these tips to make sure you’re practicing good oral fitness.
Drink ROAR Organic through a straw in order to minimize your teeth’s exposure to the liquid. Wait at least an hour after drinking ROAR Organic to brush your teeth. Otherwise, you risk spreading acid onto the tooth surfaces, increasing erosive action.