Why hydration is important:
Managing your hydration is key to maximising your performance. Without proper hydration, you not only hamper your performance, but you limit your training gains and prolong your recovery. With 70% of the body made up of water; water is the body’s transport medium between cells. It allows gases to diffuse across cell membranes; lubricates joints and absorbs heat and aids in regulation of temperature.
When you sweat you not only lose water, but sodium (electrolytes) as well. Sodium aids in the absorption of water; as such by drinking solely water, this will dilute your sodium levels leading to headaches and fainting.
Thus why the importance of replacing not just water by electrolytes as well. (more…)