August 2016

Hydration

Hydration

Hydration – Pay attention to your Thirst! 

Our thirst gives us important cues on hydration by just listening to our body. 

Why do we sweat?

                  Sweat keeps us cool and blood vessels open up so that the heat we produce can radiate off. 

                  Our bodies consist of 60-75% water (more muscles = more water) accompanied with minerals, like sodium, potassium, and chloride. As we sweat (made up of 90% of electrolytes) and water from the sweat evaporates, it takes heat with it and what is left behind is the salt that came out of the skin (the white marks on your jersey). Even though all electrolytes are important to our body’s function and performance, sodium is the most important one.