Seawater minerals in hydration
Did you know?
- The human body is made up of 70-80% water.
- The amount of water depends on the size and body composition.
- An increase in the amounts of muscle is associated with an increase in the total amount of water.
Sweating is a mechanism that helps dissipate the heat generated during exercise.
Losing more than 2% of body mass during exercise can affect many aspects of performance: including running performance, cognitive function (decision making), and skill performance, ESSENTIAL DURING THE TITAN DESERT IN MOROCCO.
To avoid the consequences of dehydration during the race, we must increase fluid intake BEFORE, DURING and AFTER each stage. However, not only water is important, but also electrolytes.
What are electrolytes and where to find them?
The electrolytes are mineral salts that are present in our body, both in the blood and in other body fluids. Some of the best known are sodium, potassium, chloride and magnesium.
These play a very important role during sports practice, since they are responsible for maintaining optimal muscular function. Sodium and potassium, for example, promote muscle contraction, so an excessive loss of these salts could cause muscle spasms and/or cramps.
For this reason, it is very important to replenish these electrolytes through liquids, present in the Isotonic Sports Drink by Herooj. The most important mineral salt during sports practice is sodium, since it allows us to increase the absorption rate of sugars and reduce the flow of urine.
As you can imagine, the temperature during the stay in Morocco will be very diverse, very cool nights and very hot days. So to face long stages and temperatures close to 35 degrees, you should take small sips of drinks rich in electrolytes, such as isotonic drinks every 15-20 minutes. So don't forget to constantly hydrate yourself, even if you're not thirsty. I advise you to configure your cycle computer so that it sounds reminders every 20 minutes.
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