Is Water All You Need To Stay Hydrated?
Electrolytes are chemicals within your body, such as sodium and potassium, that you need in order to function properly.
You lose electrolytes as you become more and more dehydrated, which is a serious problem here in Austin where October temperatures are still in the 80’s. So this begs the question: Is water all you need?
Water is good when you just need to rehydrate, or if you worked out for less than 60 minutes. Healthy foods like fruits and veggies will replace the lost electrolytes.
When working out for 60 minutes or more, however, food is not a quick enough way to replenish electrolytes. This is where sports drinks come in handy. They are a quick and easy way to get your electrolyte levels back to normal. They do, however, tend to be very high in sugar.
When needing to hydrate, just think about how long and how intensely you will be working out, or what you plan to do for the day, and go from there on the right rehydration drink.
To find out more, read the Daily Texan’s article here.