Thursday, June 27, 2013
This has become my rally for the past several summers...as the temps start to rise, the need for people to drink more also rises. But many people also resort to drinking more than their bodies need just to help keep hunger at bay--true hunger cannot be squashed by drinking more water. Hunger is your body's cue telling you that it needs fuel--food. Thirst is your body's cue of telling it needs water--fluids.
What got me started was reading a blog on the health website that my husband's company uses to help their employees stay healthy. One of the suggestions written by a blog writer was to "Drink as much water as you can."
Well, I am here to tell you that you can drink too much water--remember your body gets fluids from more than the water we drink--food such as fruits and veggies provide us with hydration, as well as coffee, tea, juices, diet sodas.
A few years ago when I was taking my Road Runners Club of America Running Coaches certification course the instructors stressed to us the need to get the word out to endurance athletes regarding a very serious condition--hyponatremia. This is when an individual drinks more than their body needs which can lead to a dangerous drop in sodium levels as well as affecting the hormones regulating fluid levels, therefore the kidneys don't function as they should and if the condition evolves swelling of the brain can occur which could lead to coma and in some cases death.
The idea is to drink to thirst---I know, I know, I have heard it a million times that when one is thirsty they are already on the verge of dehydration--but the reality is, thirst is our body's cue to drink--we do not have to force fluids, nor can we stay ahead of our hydration--that is NOT how our bodies work.
Think about it--if you have a pet--say a cat or dog and it's really warm outside, do you force your pet to drink? Do you shove a water bottle in her mouth? --probably not--the reason, your pet knows when she needs water and will search for it. We do not have to force fluids--and in doing so you may actually be creating more issues than you need to. So a little lesson I am here to share--DRINK TO THIRST and allow your body to be your guide--not the little thought that if some is good, more must be better.
RUN HAPPY and RUN STRONG!