I love eating pizza and dipping the crusts into the garlic sauce that comes with it. Sadly, every time I do the dip, I wake up puffed out because my body spent the evening excreting water to dilute the 310 mg of sodium I consumed with my sauce.
But it’s not just the garlic dipping sauces that’ll make you thirsty, there are loads of foods and drinks that will zap your body of water and drive you to the brink of dehydration.
The debate over whether cold or warm water is more beneficial has been going on for a while. Some argue that warm water is better because it doesn’t require as much energy for your body to heat to the necessary 98.6°F (37°C). Others say that cold water is better because your body absorbs it more easily.
So what’s the best temperature for your water?
It’s summertime in the northern hemisphere, and with it comes the joys and risks of hot weather running. Obviously, you sweat more in the heat. Your body pumps out more water in an attempt to cool you down.
This could lead to dehydration, a serious condition that could cause fatigue, fainting, dizziness, cramping, loss of coordination and death. It is important to stay hydrated during the summer months, especially if you run.
There are many health benefits that come with proper hydration. If you are hydrated, you should be urinating at a considerable volume between six and eight times per day. In the days leading up to longer runs, it is important to maintain good levels of hydration. Try to avoid alcohol since this can affect both your hydration and sleep patterns. About an hour before running, drink approximately 16 ounces of water, followed by 8 ounces before you set out. This can help you avoid the need to use the bathroom during your run.