Hydration is one of the most important but overlooked things for the majority of athletes. Staying hydrated as an athlete is crucial to help with recovery, fuel for your workouts but most of all to maintain and regulate bodily functions.
The human body is not able to store fluid so drinking water is essential. Water makes up 55-70% of our body and is SO beneficial there is really no excuse for not drinking enough of it and it contains zero calories – BONUS!
Some of the bodily functions water helps with:
- Aiding blood circulation
- Carrying nutrients and oxygen to cells
- Removing waste
- Aiding digestion
- Helping to convert food to energy
- Helping to lubricate and cushion joints from damage
- Helping to absorb energy and nutrients from food
Most people believe that drinking water when they are thirsty is the best indication that they need some more fluid. However, what people do not realise is that by the time they are thirsty it is actually too late, your body is already dehydrated and you should have fuelled yourself a long time ago. You will be playing catch up to get your body functioning properly if you do not keep hydrated.
Signs of dehydration
- Dry lips and tongue
- Bright coloured or dark urine
- Infrequent urination
- Lack of energy
- Feeling tired or irritable
- Decline in performance in the gym
The next question you will ask is how much water should you drink?
You can not give a definitive answer to this question as there are many variables to take into consideration; activity, weather conditions, length and intensity of training, how much clothing an athlete is wearing whilst training.
Alongside environmental and activity levels each individual needs to take age and weight into consideration as well.
It is recommended that you drink around 3-4 litres of water a day if you are male and 2-3 litres of water per day if you are female.
Can you drink too much water?
It is indeed possible to drink too much water in a short period of time. This can lead to a condition called hyponatremia (intoxication). Hyponatremia occurs when the sodium levels in the body become diluted and therefore the kidneys are not able to excrete the fluid correctly. This leads to swelling within the body and quite often on the brain, which can lead to potentially life-threatening conditions.
What is the difference between tap water and bottled water by Actiph?
- Actiph water is sourced from the Shropshire Hills after which it is purified by reverse osmosis to help eradicate any contaminants and unwanted microorganisms in it. This is to ensure that it is 99.9% purity.
- Once the water has been purified Actiph add key minerals such as magnesium, sodium and potassium to help your body balance it’s natural ph levels.
- Actiph water then goes through a process of ionisation to help supercharge it giving it that edge over any other bottled water on the market. This process of ionisation removes any acidic ions resulting in a hydrogen and alkaline rich water with added antioxidant properties.
As you can see staying hydrated every day is so important, even more so if you are training regularly and to a high intensity. What is also very interesting to consider is the quality of the water you are drinking to make sure it is not contaminated. Actiph water takes care of all of this for you and also adds in additional minerals and electrolytes to make sure that you are fully fuelled and recover more quickly and more efficiently.