Are You Really Hydrated Enough for Your Workout?
Studies have shown that Americans will drink just about anything except what their body really needs—water. Underscoring this point is a study of college football players preparing for a major NFL scouting event by trainer Amanda Carlson. At the morning evaluation, she found that 98 percent of them were dehydrated.
Another study by researchers at Tufts University found that college athletes who were mildly dehydrated when they started high-impact aerobics for 60 to 75 minutes without drinking enough water, were more likely to feel fatigued, confused, angry, depressed, and tense.
The point? No matter where you are in your fitness level—gym rat, weekend warrior or elite athlete—you need water.
“In my experience, most people are not aware of how much they’re drinking and are not drinking enough—many as little as half of what they need,” says Carlson, director of performance nutrition at Athlete’s Performance, a training facility for world-class athletes.
Water not only helps you during your workout, but can also help control those pesky (unwanted) pounds. “Water’s involved in every type of cellular process in your body, and when you’re dehydrated, they all run less efficiently—and that includes your metabolism,” says Carlson.
Additionally, it can be difficult for your body to distinguish between hunger and thirst. So quite often, when you’re feeling hungry, it may just be your body telling you it needs a drink.
Not all water is the same, however. Some, like Alkame Water, has benefits that tap and other bottled water simply don’t.
Look at it this way: in order for your body to maintain a proper pH, or chemical balance, it has to work at it continuously. An unbalanced pH can force your body to borrow important minerals from your vital organs and bones in order to remove excess acid, according to Dr. Theodore A. Barody. By using a mildly alkaline water such as Alkame, which counters the acidity in the body, you have a better chance of pre-empting sickness, premature aging, weak bones and fatigue.
Another benefit of drinking alkaline water is that it is infused with high levels of stabilized, dissolved oxygen, which not only is good for overall health, but improves aerobic capacity and enhances energy levels and overall vitality.
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Avoid Body Drought - Tips to Prevent Dehydration
It’s in every living cell, tissue and organ, and it’s second only to oxygen as the thing we need most to survive—pure, clean water. We can’t live without it, and we can’t live well without enough of it. We are constantly in need of water as we lose water with every breath and every activity of the body. We are especially at risk for dehydration when we exercise or we are ill—this is when dehydration, even mild dehydration, can take its toll, causing you to feel tired and drained of energy. Anyone may become dehydrated, but young children, older adults and people with chronic illnesses are most at risk.
Here are some preventative tips to help avoid dehydration:
• Choose your beverages wisely. Avoid or limit fruit juices, sodas, alcohol and high-sugar sports drinks.
• Drink a glass of water during and between meals, as well as before, during and after exercise.
• Plan outdoor activities for cooler parts of the day.
• Eat foods that are high in water content, such as fruits and vegetables.
• Make water your go-to beverage of choice.