As a driver, you spend countless hours sitting. This can be hard on the body. So, it is important to drink water while you’re driving. While most think caffeine is the answer to keeping them alert, water is actually a natural source of energy. You don’t quite have to take in eight glasses of water but, increasing your water intake will certainly be beneficial.
With water being a little hard to drink for some, you can always infuse water with various fruits. Lemon/Lime, strawberry, or mixed melons are a good choice. You can also buy water that is already infused with a wide variety of options at your local grocer or truck stop.
The caffeine and sugar you drink is only a temporary energy boost. You will crash not long after, wanting more to get that same recharge again. If you drink 8 ounces of coffee, drink a 16-ounce bottle of water. This way, you are diluting the caffeine taken in and allowing it to move through your system a little faster. If you drink a 16-ounce bottle of soda try taking in 32 ounces of water. Sugary drinks slow down your metabolism and caffeine is a natural diuretic. Too much of that combo can lead to dehydration over time.
Grabbing a fountain drink at a truck stop, in most cases, is convenient when you’re making a stop to refuel or take a scheduled break. When you leave out for your week on the road make it a point to pick up a case of water to take with you. There are usually 24 bottles in a case. You can store it easily in your truck. If you get in the habit you will find it easy to drink 4 bottles a day you are giving your body much needed hydration. With the warmer temperatures coming you may want to increase it and turn away from soft drinks (dehydration).
I want to leave you with a few things that caffeine and sugary drinks can do to the body:
- Temporary surge in blood pressure (not good for people with hypertension)
- Rapid heart rate if too much is taken in causing the heart to work harder
- Cause headaches in some
- Heartburn/Upset stomach (increases acid production)
- Processes through the liver
- Causes dehydration (not a thirst quencher)
I realize change may be a little difficult for some, but if you start gradually anything is possible. Your kidneys and liver will thank you!
Article By: The Trucker's Wife - Zina Mathews