5 Ways Hydration Affects Your Fitness

By now, we all know the importance of staying hydrated throughout the day, but how important is it to keep the juices (er, water) flowing while you exercise? Experts suggest that the more you are sweating, the more you should be hydrating. Dehydration can negatively impact the body in several ways, which is why we have compiled the following list to show you why you should be sipping more water throughout your workout.

1. Your heart has to work harder when you're dehydrated.

Water plays an important role in our bodies by helping to deliver nutrients throughout the bloodstream. However, when there is a lack of water, our hearts have to work much harder to move these nutrients  to the rest of the body.

2. You'll feel like you're working harder.

Ever felt like you hit a wall after the first mile of your run? Or you feel tired only 5 minutes after getting to the gym? It might have been because you were dehydrated. Since your heart is working tenfold, your body gets fatigued more easily and tells your brain it’s time to call it quits.

3. You won't sweat enough.

When you sweat, your body is naturally trying to cool itself down and release toxins. Without adequate hydration, your body may not be able to proceed sufficient levels of sweat and can cause your body to overheat.

4. You'll eat more.

Are you working out, but still not seeing weight-loss results? Dehydration may be causing you to overeat. Sometimes our brain will tell our bodies that we're hungry when it's really only water that we need. Next time you feel a hunger pang, try reaching for a glass of mineralized, alkaline water instead.

5. You won't sleep as well.

We all know that a proper rest period is crucial for athletic performance, but did you know that your water intake could be disrupting your sleep patterns? Dehydration can lead to a poor night's sleep, so make sure to drink a full glass of water before you go to bed and in the morning when you wake up. Keep sipping throughout the day as well for optimal sleep patterns.

Action Plan:

It can seem daunting to drink upwards of 10 glasses of water a day (even more if you're participating is strenuous athletic activity), but Santevia wants to help you stay hydrated. Santevia's new Recovery Stick will help you stay hydrated, energized and alkaline after your workout. Simply add the stick to any bottle of water, shake for thirty seconds, and you will have clean, alkaline and hydrogen-rich water on the go. Don't forget to drink water regularly throughout your work-out and have a big glass afterwards for optimal recovery results.

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