Many of us exercise and think we drink enough water, but I am here to suggest that most of us are critically wrong about believing that we are actually staying fully hydrated. This is especially true if you perform regular exercise and or sweat lot.
Of course you already know that dehydration during exericse or physical activity is an effect of insufficient replacement of fluids and electrolytes. Proper hydration, including fluid and electrolytes is critical to high fitness levels as well as general health. This is even more important if you are older or exercising in hot and humid or dry conditions. As you know, excessive heat can lead to injury, heat exhaustion and even death in severe cases. Always, always rehydrate.
Did you know that as we get older, we get dryer? In fact, as a newborn our bodies consisted of about 90% water. When we are young adults, our bodies are 70% water and as we approach later years, our body water composition drops to an astounding 50-60%!
Since our muscles are about 75% water, it makes perfect sense that if we dehydrate, our muscular system performance will drop.
Did you know that drinking water and maintaining proper electrolyte balance actually suppresses your appetite and helps your body metabolize stored fat. This can actually make you lose weight!
Clinical studies demonstrate that a reduction in your water and electrolyte levels will cause your body to increase fat storage! In fact, when you increase the amount of water you drink, you can actually reduce your fat deposits.
AdvoCare® Rehydrate and Benefits of Being Fully Hydrated
When you are actually drinking enough water, your body functions normally. Its fluid balances are in a state of homeostatis and you are less likely to get sick or experience disease. Here are some health benefits to being fully hydrated, with proper electrolyte balance:
-Your endocrine/hormone balance is improved -You tend hold less fluid, when balanced, you actually store less water -You lose fat, as your body can now metabolize your fat deposits rather than store fat -Fat is also lost as it is now used as energy, especially during physical activity -You tend to become less hungry, eat less and crave less salty foods If you stop drinking enough water, your body fluids will be thrown out of balance again, and you may experience fluid retention, unexplained weight gain, and loss of thirst.