Water is a primary component of the human body and is involved in nearly every physiological function.
It keeps us hydrated, maintains body temperature, transports nutrients and waste products in and out of cells, improves digestion and enhances organ function. So with all that going on, it is crucial that you get enough of it!
We lose a lot fluid through perspiration, so it is vital to replace that fluid when we exercise. Dehydration impairs both physical and mental functioning and you will be more prone to dizziness, fatigue or painful cramping if you don’t drink enough.
Always keep a water bottle to hand and try a sports drink after strenuous activity to help replace the sodium lost in sweat.
As well as increasing your pure water intake, try adding plenty of fresh or frozen produce to your diet.
Most fruits and vegetables contain up to 90% water which will satisfy some of your body’s fluid requirements whilst also providing you with essential nutrients and antioxidants.
© Sarah West Nutrition