Heading into summer we are seeing a lot of social media posting on hydration. We know the human body is mostly made of water and athletic performance is shown to decline rapidly with dehydration of just a few percent of body weight, but athletes workout and drink a lot of water, right? In my practice I do find that most athletes, around practice or athletic events, do consume plenty of fluids. (I would always argue we need more water and clean electrolytes not so much sports drinks, but for now we will just focus on fluids.) Many professional sports teams use bioimpedance testing to measure fluid balance in athletes understanding the importance of fluid for performance. I often ask the young athletes I see, how much did you drink after practice yesterday and before you went to bed and it is not unusual to hear in response, not very much or even none. I posted and linked to the TB12 challenge because it emphasizes the importance of hydration over time. Our goal with athletes is to be consistent with diet and hydration everyday to allow the body to perform at its best as well as optimize the ability to grow, heal and recover. Remember pregame is not the day before or the day of an athletic event pregame is everyday that week heading into the event. We now have the science to understand that consistent diet and hydration around your training allows your body to adapt metabolically for performance.
ESTABLISH YOUR HYDRATION BASELINE IN 14 DAYSAs spring turns into summer, and in particular on a day like National Hydration Day (June 23), questions like ‘What’s the best way to hydrate?’ and ‘How long does it take to get hydrated?’ get asked. These are important questions to mention since survey research indicates that 75% of Americans don’t drink enough water.
Studies also indicate that dehydration can drain physical and cognitive performance as well as harm digestion. Here are some key facts explaining why hydration is so important for your recovery and performance:
What does Tom Brady drink? The answer is 150 ounces of water (or more) supplemented with TB12 Electrolytes. This wasn’t always the case. When he was a college quarterback at the University of Michigan he drank relatively little water. “I drank a lot of other things—alcohol, juice, soda—that I later found out can be dehydrating,” he says. “I definitely experienced a lot more fatigue in my twenties than I do now.” He adds that unlike in his college years, he never gets headaches or cramps anymore.
BEST WAY TO HYDRATE & REACH YOUR BASELINE