Whether you are in swim training or just swimming on the beach, it is important that you pay attention to your hydration. Dehydration happens when your body has not enough water or other fluids to function normally. This means you lose more fluid than you take in. It causes electrolyte imbalances in your body. When you sweat a lot during extreme physical activity, you lose fluids through sweat and urination. The thing is, when you are in the water swimming, you won’t realize you’re still sweating. Your brain gets tricked to think you have water and doesn’t send a signal to your mouth or throat the need to drink.
Most people only drink water when they feel thirsty. But it is much better to drink before you feel thirsty. To keep hydrated, drink water constantly all throughout the day plus additional 32 ounces for every hour you are training/swimming or doing strenuous activities.
If you want something else to replace water, choose Gatorade or any drinks that are great sources of electrolytes. But remember that they are not really an ideal substitute for water but they are great for a workout or doing extreme physical activities.
If you don’t like sports drinks, try coconut water. They may not be as packed with electrolytes as sports drinks but they’re rich in manganese, magnesium, potassium, sodium, and dietary fiber.
If you are staying at a resort, order your favorite fruit juices or fruit shakes at the bar. These are great sources of antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals. Fruit juices refresh are refreshing. Fruit shakes are just as yummy and nutritious.
Summer fruits like watermelon and pineapples and veggies like cucumber, lettuce, and tomatoes are fantastic ways to keep you hydrated as well. Make sure to incorporate this yummy produce in your meals.