EFFECTIVE HYDRATION

Effective hydration is vital to replenish the body especially after a tough workout. The more water the body can use the better. Hydration helps the body stay fit as a fiddle for the challenges of the day. Hydration keeps us pumped up and raring to go. It is after all water which is the fundamental source of existence for all human beings and other life forms. It is impossible to survive without water for long and the faster humans learn to depend on water as a source of fitness and health the better for them in terms of their improvement in lifestyle and their health.BVH_Cure-7502_cropped

Water is a key ingredient in helping people replenish the stores of energy in their body. Water keeps people cool especially after a tiresome workout. Some of the best nutritionists prescribe drinking lots of water to keep the body cool and healthy throughout the day. Ideally the best way is to drink atleast 4 litres of water everyday so that our body is in control and is fit to take on the challenges of life. Hydration is a vital aspect for our exercise regimens and the more we follow it the better for our survival in the long run.

Hydration does not necessarily mean consuming more water it can also be used when it comes to cooling our bodies down and refreshing after a tough workout. The body can draw upon all the reserves of energy it has with the help of a hydrated body and then proceed with more intense exercises. The more water we drink the better. It is especially critical that the water we drink has to be taken without fail through regular intervals and it is analogous to a ticking clock. The more water you drink the more the body stays in shape regularly and the easier it is to handle burnouts.

Apart from cooling the body and helping us stay replenished water also helps us in handling the sweat mechanism. As we drink more we sweat more or tend to. Water keeps this mechanism going like clockwork and keeps us in tune with the various metabolic processes that are also going through the body throughout the day. Hydration is a very useful technique to control our body temperature from heating up and also to avoid our body from becoming too weak and unable to bear the rigors of exercise.

The best exercises always tend to leave us panting for breath and in need of water so ideally it is good to keep a lot of water handy during our gym and fitness sessions. The more water you drink the more fit you are to take on the challenges of the day. In times of stress, the water in the body keeps us all the more cool and temperate and our internal temperature is critical to handle the pressure of the external environment. The scientific term of modulating body temperature is homeostasis and its this homeostasis that keeps us from losing total control over our bodies in times of intense exercise.

Hydration is also useful when one is planning to let the body go through a series of intense exercises. The more hydrated the body the more it is fit enough to go through the intensity of the exercise. Hydration keeps the body fit as a fiddle and it is crucial to let the body handle the stressors by itself. Water can often complement this process and help the body take on the challenges of the exercise regimen and then lead to great benefits when it recuperates from the inevitable lash back after intense training.

The gold standard for daily water consumption has been set down in the US where in the Surgeon General’s Report it was mentioned that everybody should drink at least 8 glasses of water per day. Most of the medical community is of the opinion that the daily water consumption of 8 glasses includes water found in beverages and other foods. But why is the consumption of water so vital especially in the context of health and fitness.

Water is an essential nutrient to life on Earth. Humans, in particular, cannot survive for more than a few days without drinking water or else major body functions will start to malfunction. Water itself is a universal solvent for fundamental nutrients and minerals in the body. Water also helps cushion internal organs, regulate body temperature, maintain optimal body acidity, and is a vital component for organs to function.

Water is the most fundamental nutrient to life on earth. Human beings cannot survive without drinking water for more than a few days. Major body functions can malfunction and the system will break down if we are not hydrated properly. Water acts as a universal solvent for all fundamental nutrients and minerals that we consume through food. It also helps cushion our internal organs and it helps in homeostasis (maintaining body temperature) it maintains acidity in the body and it is also important to keep our organs functioning smoothly.

The National Institute of Health in the US suggests that for adult females the ideal level of water to be consumed is 2.7litres and 3.7 litres for men and women respectively. This is currently considered the standard. These are all however rough guidelines, it largely depends on the age, height and activity levels of each person and the amount of water they consume. Recommended water intake ideally depends on the average calorie usage per day. More activity and higher the calorific count requires more water for a person to stay hydrated.

The physiology of hydration largely depends on the small intestine as it absorbs most of the fluids we drink. The amount absorbed is directly influenced by the quantity and how much energy rich that beverage is. When a beverage has added ingredients like fructose-glucose, corn syrup and milk ingredients, water is absorbed more slowly than those with fewer ingredients.

If you need to replenish fluids you’ve lost through sweat and to relieve the heat that comes from intense workout sessions, sports drinks and energy drinks are actually not the ideal. Sports drinks contain high amounts of sugar and fructose which hinder the process of rehydration.

Drinking beverages the have high-fat milk, sugar etc.. increases caloric intake without any additional benefits. Beverages with high sugar content and ingredients, fruit juices and energy drinks have been correlated with type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure and obesity. It is important to consider the nutritional aspects before consuming these drinks. They should ideally be low on sugar and artificial sweeteners.

How does one stay hydrated?

Drinking water in regular intervals throughout the day is the best way to stay well hydrated. Drink plenty of water before exercising. Thirst is the first indicator of dehydration, especially during heat stress so be careful when you are going through intense physical activity.

Do visit the BFY Sports and Fitness Website (http://www.bfysportsnfitness.com)  to find out more about the importance of fitness and how we can use Hydration to improve our regimen. Remember to drink often, avoid soft drinks and limit caffeinated drinks to help reduce calorie intake and for better hydration!