Hydration Is Key
Good Afternoon. For those of you still at work, the day hopefully is almost over! I wanted to share some information with you. I just received a call from one of my best clients a few minutes ago and we were talking about water intake and the benefits associated. I wanted to share and also give you a bit more depth to why hydration is so vital.
Keeping your body hydrated is a very essential part of the process of day to day activity. Your body needs fuel in the form of fluids. It is a very essential part of your well being and life in general. If you do not have enough water in your body at any given time, your body will ultimately suffer. It is a fact of life that can not be denied.
Without taking you too far back to science class, think about the serious job that water has in your life and in your body.
- It has to be there to move the vitamins, minerals and other nutrients through your body. It keeps blood moving which carries the fuel that your cells need for energy.
- Water helps to move out the waste products from your cells. This allows them to keep your cells at an optimal level.
- Finally, your body uses fluids to keep the body at the right temperature, there by protecting your health overall.
Can you live without water? No. When your body burns energy, it produces heat. That heat races through your body. If you think of your body as a car, if the engine gets too hot, it can not perform as it should. Therefore, you will find a way to keep your engine cool, water is a necessity. Additionally, your body needs to have these fluids to allow you to carry all the nutrients throughout your body. Since you are working on developing muscles, enhancing your physical characteristics, you realize that your body needs
those nutrients to get where they need to go. For that, they need water to push them through. Water helps your body to grow, but also helps you to repair cells as you work hard at achieving your goals.
Here are my best suggestions for you when it comes to consuming water:
- Drink water in smaller amounts, more often. This will help to provide a constant level of fluid. If you attempt to drink water too quickly, you get that heavy feeling in your stomach that you just do not need or want to have. Remember, small, more often.
- Six to eight ounces every 15 to 20 minutes during your game or during your work out is ideal. If you feel you need more, then increase this amount slightly until you feel comfortable about it.
- Don’t go for ice water. You need water that is at the right temperature too. The right temperature is cool water, about 50 to 40 degrees. This will help to get rid of the heat in your body but will not sit heavily in your stomach.
- Skip the caffeine. Caffeine is actually like a diuretic and will increase the amount that you have to urinate. Therefore, you are not hydrating yourself, but putting yourself at risk. Drinks like this include any type of sports drink that has caffeine as well as things like soda pop, teas, coffee and even foods with high amounts of caffeine.
- Finally, A sure way to tell if you are dehydrated or drinking enough water is to pay attention to your urine. Urine that is dark or only a small amount is a sign of dehydration. It should be fairly clear and there should be a good amount of it.
I could go on but this is the core of why it is important to stay hydrated and the methods that can be used to identify and correct poor hydration in your daily drinking consumption.
Thanks for reading!
Posted on January 27, 2015, in Coaching, conditioning, Diabetes, fitness, Nutrition and tagged cramps, eating strategies, Exercise, Fitness, Hydration, Jacksonville FL, Jeremy LaRochester, LaRochester Fitness, muscle fatigue, nutrition, sports drinks, water consumption. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.