What you need to know about electrolytes and hydration
As a competitor, you know hydration affects performance. You may not know that what you hydrate with may be the key that unlocks your athletic potential. Sports drinks replenish necessary electrolytes, but also pack unwanted added sugar and sodium into your diet. With Sportwater, you’ll restore the electrolytes you need for optimal performance while eliminating unwanted calories and sodium.
The importance of hydration
Your body needs a constant supply of water and nutrients to survive. Even when you’re not working out, you need a minimum of 64 ounces of water every day just to replace the fluids your body loses naturally. When you sweat, you need even more. Without adequate hydration, your body rations its available fluid to prioritize life-essential tasks. That’s why dehydration causes symptoms such as fatigue, muscle cramping and brain fog. Without an adequate intake of water and nutrients, your heart, muscles and brain cannot function properly.
Drinking plain water is helpful, but because it doesn’t contain electrolytes, your body cannot absorb it as efficiently as electrolyte-powered Sportwater. Electrolytes are tiny particles that carry electrical charges across your cells, and they play a vital role in fluid delivery to your muscles, heart and nerves. When you sweat during tough workouts, your body loses fluid and electrolytes quickly. Unless you refresh your stores of electrolytes promptly and continuously, you’ll notice a sharp decline in athletic performance — and when you feel thirsty, you’re already dehydrated.
How dehydration affects pH and body function
When you become dehydrated after failing to replenish water and electrolytes, you negatively affect the pH of your blood. A pH-optimized body is slightly alkaline, and this state is known as homeostasis. Homeostasis maximizes your system’s ability of your bloodstream to deliver oxygen, water and nutrients to your cells. Your body is so dependent upon homeostasis to stay hydrated that you will notice uncomfortable symptoms with a reduction of only 1 percent of normal fluid volume.
Electrolytes help the body distribute fluid, but they also provide the electrical energy necessary for many functions, including muscle contractions and transmission of nerve impulses. Even if you’ve never suffered the painful, debilitating effects caused by electrolyte depletion, you still need to provide your body with a consistent and adequate supply of electrolytes. Why? Because the goal in replenishing electrolytes is to maintain specific bodily functions at optimal levels.
When your muscles cramp, your body’s electrolyte tank is on empty and your performance has been severely compromised for some time. As an athlete, you expect your body to perform without interruption or compromise. By making SportWater an essential part of your fitness regimen, you can eliminate crashing and other unfortunate consequences of dehydration.