Why is Hydration So Important?

You have heard that drinking water helps you lose weight and helps the appearance of skin complexion but there are many other functions that water has. Every physical and chemical function of your body, including the production of energy, requires water! Hydration is the condition of having adequate fluids in the body tissues and thirst is not a reliable indicator of when to begin hydration.  Water is the best source of hydration. Our bodies are made up of 70 to 75% water and water is necessary for life.

Water is responsible for: transporting nutrients, eliminating waste products, lubricating joints and tissues, regulating body temperature by sweating and facilitating digestion.

According to an NBA study, “High-Octane Fuel for the High Performance Athlete” by Diana Patton, as little as a 2% loss of water, or dehydration, can cause a 15% drop in athletic performance.  The study claims, “dehydration can make the difference in making the game-winning shot in the forth quarter or missing it.” Even if you are not a professional basketball player you can see how important hydration can be for any physical activity. Athletic performance loss is due to dehydration more than nutritional deficiency. Hydration from water and sports drinks are proven enhancers. Dr Robert Haas, the U.S. Professional Tennis Association sports nutritionist states that he has “watched many improperly nourished athletes win…but has never seen a dehydrated athlete win.”

So stay hydrated by drinking at least half of your body weight in fluid ounces everyday. During the season athletes may want to up fluid intake by drinking 15-20 ounces 2-3 hours before exercise and 8-10 ounces 10-15 minutes before exercise and drink a sports drink every 15-30 minutes during a game. For hydration after exercise, drink 20-24 ounces of water and sports drinks for each pound you’ve lost during exercise.

So whether you are a professional athlete or an everyday athlete being hydrated is a key component to your health and performance.  I hope this helps.

Love, Gia

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