Hydration for Wellness and Performance
Optimal hydration is a priority among the lifestyle choices that we make on a daily basis; it is an essential cornerstone of wellness and performance. Water intake facilitates physiological processes such as circulation, metabolism, temperature regulation, and waste removal.
Mild to moderate dehydration can cause headaches, irritability, poor physical performance, and reduced brain functioning. While the importance of water may seem to be common sense, studies find 67% of Americans fail to drink enough water every day.
It is recommended that an individual consumes 64 ounces of water every day. Fluid demands go up with increases in temperature and activity level. Water also has an important role in pain management, as better hydration results in better lubrication of muscles and joints, leading to improved function.
With increased exercise demands, hydration with plain water becomes increasingly difficult. This is due to the depletion of sugars, minerals and electrolytes associated with sweating and exercise. Fluid replacement after exercise is best achieved by ingesting beverages which replenish these depleted nutrients.
Coconut water is an excellent choice for post-exercise rehydration due to its natural content of carbohydrates, minerals and electrolytes. Numerous studies have shown the benefits of coconut water for whole body rehydration after exercise induced-dehydration.
So keep an eye on your water intake, aiming for AT LEAST 64 ounces per day. Also, next time you go for a run or put in a hard session at the gym, reach for a glass of natural coconut water and feel the difference yourself!
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