May 30, 2023
What is Hydration and How do we use it?
"If we're adequately hydrated, performance can be improved. I would go in the order of 10 to 20% from a dehydrated person to a hydrated person. That same person performing whatever their sport is, dehydrated versus adequately and well hydrated can be a 10 to 20% change in performance, which is not a small number."
In today's Pain and Performance Podcast episode, Dr. Derrick talks about the importance of hydration and its impact on overall health. He sheds light on how hydration goes beyond simply drinking water, playing a crucial role in supporting various bodily functions.
Chronic dehydration affects a considerable portion of the population, leading to cognitive impairments, reduced physical performance, and other health issues. Proper hydration is essential for temperature regulation, nutrient transport, digestion, joint and muscle function, and waste removal.
Understanding the science behind hydration and implementing effective strategies can optimize cognitive performance, physical abilities, and overall well-being. Dr. Derrick provides practical approaches to enhance hydration. You will learn:
- The importance of consuming hydrating foods rich in nutrients and electrolytes, such as fruits, vegetables, meats, and nuts, to maintain the body's water balance.
- Why incorporate greens like spinach, kale, alfalfa sprouts, and chia seeds into your diet?
- How regular movement, stretching, and exercise aid in distributing hydration throughout the body.
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