Get To Know The Foods – And Electrolytes – That Will Keep Us Healthy And Boost Our Performance.
Dehydration occurs when our body loses more fluid than you take in. When the normal water content of our body is reduced, it upsets the balance of minerals (salts and sugar) in our body, which affects the way it functions.
Water makes up over two-thirds of the healthy human body. It lubricates the joints and eyes, aids digestion, flushes out waste and toxins, and keeps the skin healthy.
Some of the early warning signs of dehydration include
- feeling thirsty and lightheaded
- a dry mouth
- having dark coloured, strong-smelling urine
- passing urine less often than usual
A baby may be dehydrated if they
- have a sunken soft spot (fontanelle) on their head
- have few or no tears when they cry
- have fewer wet nappies
- are drowsy
- The body is affected even when we lose a small amount of fluid.
Things to remember during the time of dehydration.
Functions: Influences fluid regulation and allows for proper cell signaling.
Best Foods: It’s not difficult to find salt in the typical diet, but some foods are obviously better choices than others. Opt for foods like celery, canned vegetables, whole grain breads and broth-based soups that deliver nutrients in addition to salt.
Functions: Works with sodium to improve nerve signaling.
Best Foods: Tomatoes, citrus fruits, melons, potatoes, bananas, milk, coconut water, avocados.
Functions: Assists in muscle contraction and nerve transmission.
Best foods: Milk, sardines, cottage cheese, calcium-set tofu, mustard greens, kale.
Functions: Activates nearly 100 enzymes in the body for proper nerve and muscle health.
Best Foods: Bran, fortified breakfast cereals, seeds, soybeans, nuts, spinach.
Water is often the best choice for hydration, but during extreme temps or long workouts, replacing electrolytes and carbohydrates are key to healthy hydration.
Prepared: Specially formulated sports drinks like EAS® Hydrate and rehydration solutions like Pedialyte® contain scientifically-backed levels of electrolytes and carbohydrates for optimum fluid replacement. Get the powder stick packs to easily add to water.
Natural: While they are not designed for precise hydration, natural rehydration options include caeineand sugar-free drinks like herbal tea, milk and even coconut water.