Sometimes the simplest things are the ones easiest to overlook. When you’ve got a supplement plan, training schedule, and a diet to try to stick to, remembering to make sure you’re taking on enough water can easily slip through the mental cracks. Even experienced athletes can be unaware of just how important proper hydration is, not just to your workouts, but to your overall health.
Water is by far the most abundant chemical substance in the body, making up some 95% of the brain and 75% of muscle tissue. It also serves a number of important functions that keep you healthy. It acts as a messenger, a building material, and as a solvent delivering nutrients. It helps regulate body temperature, maintain cell pressure and keeps the concentrations of various body fluids in check. It’s unsurprising then that even mild dehydration can have such a big effect on the way our bodies work.
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Unfortunately, sometimes proper hydration is not as simple as just taking an extra bottle of tap water with you next time you head to the gym. The best type of drink in each scenario is determined by your fluid absorption rates. The higher the carbohydrate content of your drink, the slower it can travel through the stomach and be absorbed through the walls of the small intestine. A really sugary drink then might not be the best choice in the middle of training as it will take too long to work it’s way through your body to maintain proper hydration and if you’re exercising for long periods of time normal bottled or tap water won’t provide your body with a replacement electrolytes for those lost through sweat. Isotonic drinks strike a nice balance between pure water and sugary sports drinks, allowing for relatively fast hydration while supplying your body with lots of electrolytes and other nutrients.
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“New year, new you.” January detoxes are all the rage right now and a lot of newspaper articles and websites are extolling the virtues of juice cleanses and other diets purported to help you get your new year off to a healthy start. But what’s the science behind them, and what’s the best way to take part in a January detox without negatively impacting your performance?
Lots of detoxes promise you that you can wash away the calorific sins you’ve committed over the holidays and flush out all of the toxins in your body by switching to an extreme diet for a short time. Some even go as far as saying that detoxes can help prevent disease. The problem with these claims is that if toxins really did build up in your body in this way you’d likely be in need of serious medical attention - your kidneys, your liver, even your lungs and your skin are all helping to detoxify your body right now.
If you go on a week long juice cleanse you might lose weight, but th