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Answer for When are electrolyte/sports drinks necessary? It seems to me that you're basically asking 2 questions: Under what circumstances do most people need to drink sports drinks to recharge their electrolytes? When drinking large amount of water (it sounds like you drink up to 3 gallons per day), does a person need to make a special effort to ...


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Joshua Carmody's answer is pretty good but I'd like to add an ultrarunner's perspective. Proper hydration and nutrition are one of the keys to completing a race, and completing one fast, so we're fairly knowledgeable about what works. The amount that Haphazard is drinking appears to be enormous to my eyes. However, as long as they are drinking for thirst ...


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Water (H2O) is best for hydration The more you sweat, the more water you'll need to drink to stay hydrated It helps to drink glass of water about an hour before your workout, and then to drink small amounts of water throughout the entire workout. You may even want to drink another glass after the workout depending on how you feel. Here are a couple links ...


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The best treatment for dehydration is prevention, be sure to drink enough water throughout the day. One easy way to tell if you are starting to get dehydrated is your urine. If it's clear to light yellow then you are hydrated, colors darker than that indicate dehydration. Are some drinks better than others? Is there a best? Water is best to stay ...


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Keep in mind that prevention is the best strategy here. By the time you recognize the symptoms of dehydration, your body has already been dehydrated for some time. Your body can actually be dehydrated without actually showing the symptoms of dehydration. Here are some tips for preventing dehydration: Drink plenty of water. Schedule fitness activities ...


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This is by no means definitive, but often a skin turgor test is performed to check for dehydration. To determine skin turgor, the health care provider grasps the skin on the back of the hand, lower arm, or abdomen between two fingers so that it is tented up. The skin is held for a few seconds then released. Skin with normal turgor snaps rapidly back ...


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Hydration is paramount with any form of exercise. Hydration is a necessary component of all metabolic processes. This includes building muscle. However, hydration is also a bit more than just drinking water. Proper hydration requires that you keep your electrolytes in balance. Electrolyte imbalance is more critical in endurance training than ...


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This recent post on Science Based Running is relevant. The above answer is exhaustive, but the article covers some of the same ground with information from Tim Noake's The Art of Running. The author of the post also provides a brief analysis of some popular sport drinks.


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When the human body goes from laying prone to standing up there is a rapid, and brief, change in blood pressure. This is the likely cause. Some people are more susceptible than others, and it's called orthostatic hypotension, or sometimes, "vertigo." “He's Dizzy when he Stands Up.” An Introduction to Initial orthostatic Hypotension Orthostatic hypotension ...


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Water isn't your only concern To hydrate properly it's important to restore water and electrolytes. Especially if you're doing strenuous exercise in a hot environment where you sweat a lot. Electrolytes are important to replenish because, if you don't you can become water drunk and potentially die. By electrolytes I mean salt and potassium. Gatorade is ...


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Cramps would be a dead giveaway especially while riding a bike. Some other signs to look for are confusion, dizziness, tiredness, irritability, and a swollen tongue. None of these are necessary or sufficient to diagnose someone as dehydrated however. You'll need to play it by ear. A more serious condition that you should certainly be on the look out is heat ...


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The only way to cure dehydration is to drink some more. Drinking the night before will have absolutely no effect on hydration the next day. Drink a few To determine how much water you should drink after you spin, you should weight yourself before and after you exercise to get a sense of how much fluid you typically lose. Try to drink about 1.5 pints for ...


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It is not exactly clear what your intentions are. If you drink tons of water your kidneys are not happy. You will have many bio-breaks ;) In case of (muscle) workouts you can increase the amount of water in your muscles by using creatine. If your intention is only to drink enough water before a training session you could eat vegetables/fruits with a high ...


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You need to factor in what keeps your body hydrated before breaking a sweat. If you've heard the term "Electrolytes", it is simply a blood mineral made up of sodium, potassium, chloride, etc. In order to be replenished before and after cardio activity, your body needs to have high enough levels so that it can function. For instance, if I'm breaking a sweat, ...


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The signs and symptoms of dehydration and the signs and symptoms of hyponatremia are very similar. However, they can both be fatal if not treated and the treatment is very different for both. In fact, the treatment for one can cause death if the problem is the other. This whole topic is how to keep water and salt balanced in the body. Putting one or both ...



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