Are you feeling dehydrated from all the heat? If you are unsure if you are drinking enough, or drinking the right liquids, then this article is for you. Learn everything you need to know about staying hydrated and when you should seek medical attention!
You have been jogging for 20 minutes. You are hot and sweaty, and you are beginning to tire. What is the problem? The most likely answer is that you are beginning to feel the effects of dehydration. Generally, the average person is not 100 percent hydrated. Add exercise and a warm climate, and it spells dehydration in a big way.
Do not depend on thirst as a signal to avoid dehydration! Your body’s drive to drink is not nearly as powerful as its drive to eat, and the thirst mechanism is even less powerful during exercise. Therefore, you must plan to drink early and often.
How Much Should You Drink?
Follow these guidelines:
Before exercise: Drink one to two cups (eight to 16 ounces) of fluid two hours before exercise to make sure you are well hydrated. Then drink another one-half to one cup immediately before exercise.
During exercise: Drink one-half to one cup every 15 to 20 minutes during exercise. Although this might seem tough at first, once you schedule it into your regular training routine, you will quickly adapt to having fluid in your stomach. In fact, the fuller your stomach is, the faster it will empty.
After exercise: Replace any fluid you have lost. Drink two cups of fluid for every pound of body weight you lose during exercise.
In hot, humid weather, you need to drink more than usual. (But do not forget that dehydration also occurs during cold weather exercise–your body temperature rises, and you still lose water through perspiration and respiration.)
What Should You Drink?
The ideal fluid replacement beverage should encourage fluid consumption and promote fluid absorption. If you exercise less than one hour, water should be fine. If you exercise longer than one hour, the fluid should also supply energy to your working muscles. In this case, drink about two to four cups per hour of fluids with carbohydrate concentrations of from 4 to 8 percent. (Most sports drinks fall in this range.)
What about the sodium in most sports drinks? The average exerciser does not need to replace sodium or other electrolytes during exercise. Even well trained marathoners will reserve enough sodium to complete a competition. After heavy exercise, however, it is best to eat a meal that contains some sodium to replace what you may have lost. Follow your cravings–do not worry about restricting the sodium in your food immediately after running a marathon.
Signs of Dehydration
It is essential that you are aware of the warning signs of dehydration and heat stress.
|Early signs include:-fatigue
-dark urine with a strong odor
|Severe signs include:-difficulty swallowing
-sunken eyes and dim vision
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