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Hydrating Power of Water: Gatorade and Powerade

A register dietitian has been asked to help the lawyers decide which hydrating product (water, Gatorade, or PowerAde) is best for them. She needs to do a presentation that explains the pros and cons takeing into consideration the effect on their health and overall wellness.

For most of your life you have been drinking water and/or some water based drink. You could easily name your favorite beverage brand. We know water is natural and therefore (probably) good for us. Are these other products good for us? Whose studies should we believe? What is their proof? Let's explore by comparing labels, information, and marketing strategies!

You are a Registered Dietitian, and you have been invited to a Lunch and Learn program at a very large law firm. The firm must make a decision about which company they will select for a year long beverage contract. The lawyers must choose water, Gatorade, or Powerade. Of the 55 attorneys attending your presentation, 32 of them workout regularly for 1 hour five days out of the week.

The title of your presentation is: "Water: An Overlooked Essential Nutrient." The firm has requested that you address all of the questions mentioned in the introductory paragraph while creating a handout that compares water, Gatorade, and Powerade on the following categories:

Daily recommendations
Nutrient content
Varieties/sources
Cost
Advantages of consumption (include research reviews)
Safety levels
Disadvantages of consumption (include research reviews)
Conclusion

Solution Preview

The easiest and more concise presentation is a power point. You can give the information visually and in handouts that allows the individual to take notes or review later.
The following is a guided step by step solution to prepare a power point presentation including what information each slide could cover and speaker notes. Specific information needed to finish the presentation is attached and resources included.

The title of the presentation is: "Water: An Overlooked Essential Nutrient."

First power point slide content-
"How much water is needed to keep hydrated?"

Second slide content:
A picture of glass with water with the words: 8 glasses - 8 ounces of water a day- NOT SO.
Slides notes:
Speaker indicates that usually it is recommended that you need 8 glasses of water a day to keep hydrated but this does not apply to a person who exercise.

Third slide title: "New guidelines of the Institute of Medicine for hydration".
Slide content:
Women: approximately 2.7 liters (91 ounces) of total water -- from all beverages and foods -- each day
Men: an average of approximately 3.7 liters (125 ounces daily) of total water.

Source: IOM (2004) "Dietary Reference Intakes: Water, Potassium, Sodium, Chloride, and Sulfate".

Slide Note:
Refer to the pdf attached 'Dietary References Intakes' from the Institute of Medicine. Speaker can refer to "Hydration choices" at the International Botted Water Association (IBWA) page http://www.thefactsaboutwater.org/health/hydration-choices/ to explain the different sources that add to the total water daily intake. It should also emphasize that these needs change depending if a person has a sedentary life vs. active life, during exercise or with the weather (heat).

Fourth slide title: Normal replacement of electrolytes: sodium and potassium

Slide content:
Healthy adults
-3.8 grams of salt to replace daily lost on average through sweat and complete nutrients needed; tolerable upper intake level (UL) 5.8 grams per day;
-4.7 grams of potassium per ...

Solution Summary

A register dietitian has been asked to do a presentation during lunch to lawyers to help them decide which hydrating product (water, Gatorade, or PowerAde) is best for them. The solution is a guided step by step preparation of a possible power point presentation that includes information on daily electrolytes and intake of liquids, reasoning for replenishing them, how to prepare a table to discuss the products and attachments with valuable information to complete the presentation. References included.

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