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Why and How to Stay Hydrated! When playing sports

Why is important to drink water you ask? It is important for everyone to drink enough water every day for some very crucial reasons such as keeping your body temperature regulated, help prevent infections, keep joints lubricated, deliver nutrients to cells and keep organs functioning.

Being well hydrated also improves cognition, mood and sleep quality. Most adults lose between 2.5 and 3 liters of water from their body per day. More when playing sports or exercising or if it is very hot.

Your body loses water through sweating, urinating and even breathing. If you do not have an input to match your output you will become dehydrated.

Why does it matter if your body is Hydrated?                                                                                                Being dehydrated can cause urinary tract infections, kidney stones, and in sever cases’ kidney failure, seizers, swelling of the brain, shock, coma and even death. When you are dehydrated you lose important electrolytes like sodium and potassium that help carry electric signals from cell to cell.

How do you know if you are dehydrated? Signs of dehydration Can be lightheadedness, dizziness, headache, dark urine, fatigue, dry mouth and extreme thirst.                                                                          How much water should you drink daily? Men should drink about 3.7 liters per day and women should drink about 2.7 liters on average. This may vary depending on your size and weight as well weather and how much you are exerting yourself.

When you over exert yourself with high levels of activity such as exercise or sports your core temperate rises so your body sweats in response to dissipate excess heat. Staying hydrated replenishes the water lost when you sweat. Staying hydrated will also prevent muscle cramps, heat exhaustion and heat stroke.

Always remember you can become dehydrated faster when it is hot. Drink at least eight (8) ounces of water twenty (20) to Thirty (30) minutes before you start exercising or playing sports drink seven (7) to ten (10) ounces every ten (10) to twenty (20) minutes during and then another eight (8) ounces after.

Ever notice how often football Players are drinking water or Gatorade on the side lines?

Facts:

More than 500,000 people in the US are hospitalized each year because of dehydration and approximately 10,000 who are admitted die from complications cause from being dehydrated.

Some people think soda dehydrates you because of the caffeine. Truth is although caffeine is a diuretic “Makes you urinate more” it also contains water soda is 85% water. So yes, soda can hydrate you. So can milk. Unfortunately you may have to urinate more.  Water really is best not to mention more refreshing. Gatorade and electrolyte enriched drinks are great as well. Or water melon. Watermelon contains 92% water.

Just remember staying hydrated can make a big difference in your everyday health. ” target=”_blank”>

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