WHAT’S YOUR HYDRATION STATUS?


Now, with summer finally arriving here in the UK, albeit a little late, how many of us can truthfully say we’ve upped our water intake during these hot days?


What is ‘good’ hydration?

Good hydration means getting the right amount of water into our bodies. This is particularly important before, during & after exercise. Water regulates our bodies temperature and helps lubricate our joints. The more water we consume the more effective we are at transporting nutrients around our body to fuel us with energy and to keep us healthy. A lack of sufficient hydration can lead to poor performance both in day to day activities and sporting events (Meyer et al. 2019).


Signs of dehydration

  • Dizziness or a lightheaded feeling

  • Nausea or vomiting

  • Muscle cramps

  • Dry mouth

  • Lack of sweat

  • Hard and fast heartbeat


The benefits of sufficient hydration

  • Fluid balance

  • Muscle fuel

  • Clearer skin

  • Productivity boost

  • Toxic remover

  • Joints greaser

  • Brain boost

  • Calorie control

  • Blood normaliser

  • Fatigue buster



Surely, it’s a no brainer? HYDRATION IS KEY!


So remember, while it is this hot outside, we have to look after what is on the inside!


I hope this was a super easy to read blog,


Speak soon & enjoy the sunshine!


Liv

BSc Hons Sports Therapy MSST

MSc Strength and Conditioning

07761887778

olivia@injuryrecoverycentre.co.uk

References

Meyer, F, Timmons, B, W, Wilk, B and GT Leites (2019), ‘Water: hydration and sports drinks’, Nutrition and Enhanced Sports, 545-554.



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