Dehydration is a frequent problem faced by people exercising. It normally happens when a person is trying to do more than the body can handle, best known as going “over the limit”. But what is dehydration and what are the best ways to prevent it?
Dehydration is a serious condition caused by the excessive loss of water from the body.
In the majority of cases, it can be prevented by drinking plenty of water or sports drinks such as Gatorade and PowerAde. However, people with more intense workouts may consider taking electrolytes to prevent muscle cramps , headaches, dizziness or fainting.
An electrolyte is any substance such as acids, bases or salts that dissolves in water to give a solution an electric current, generating energy for the human body. Electrolyte drinks contains high levels of two key minerals: sodium and potassium. These drinks are the best way to replenish the body’s water and electrolyte levels after dehydration caused by extreme exercising conditions.
Most electrolyte products come in powder form and can be easily mixed with water and should be drunk . Tablets and products in liquid form (droppers) are also available.
Electrolytes products are generally not needed for light to moderate workouts but you may want to consider taking it if you experience diarrhea, vomiting, or intoxication. Electrolytes are highly recommended in serious cases of diarrhea or after stomach disorders such as food poising or vomiting, preventing headaches and dizziness caused due to the lack of minerals in the system.