Back To School: Hydration In Athletics — What Color Is Your Urine?


When it comes to teaching young athletes about hydration, you have to make it memorable!

And the fact of the matter is, everybody goes to the bathroom, so everybody can check — even kids.

So the easiest way to do this is to ask them “what color is your urine?”

If it looks like apple juice, they may be dehydrated. If it looks like lemonade, they are probably hydrated.

Remember, hydration is paramount to the health and success of young athletes, so this is one of the most important lessons to teach!

About Roberta Anding, Director of Sports Nutrition

I’m a clinical dietitian, diabetes educator, and the Director of Sports Nutrition at Texas Children's Hospital. I am also the sports dietitian for the Houston Texans NFL franchise.

I was honored by the Texas Dietetic Association as the Distinguished Dietitian in 2008 and the TDA media award in 2006. I have developed a video series entitled “Nutrition Made Clear” for The Teaching Company.

I'm also a registered dietitian and a spokesperson for the American Dietetic Association.

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One Response to Back To School: Hydration In Athletics — What Color Is Your Urine?

  1. Urspo says:

    I am hearing your series with the Teaching Company. It and you are excellent! I appreciate you clearing up so many matters about vitamins and nutrition.,thanks!

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