It is one of the most important aspects of any fitness routine, but how much do you really know about hydration? From trainers to professional athletes, everyone has something to say about staying properly hydrated. Here are some of the best tips and tricks we learned from training celebrities, professional athletes, supermodels and ordinary people from around the world:
THE PROBLEM: 75% OF AMERICANS ARE DEHYDRATED.
Statistics indicate that a whopping 75% of Americans are chronically dehydrated. That means most of us are not drinking enough water. This could manifest itself in gym sluggishness, mild headaches when you don’t drink enough fluids or mental fog in general. People may also experience lower energy levels, brain fog, and dizziness when they don’t drink enough water.
Dehydration can also throw your electrolyte levels out of balance, increasing your risk of muscle cramps — which is definitely not what you want to be dealing with during your next workout sesh.
This leads us to one of the best ways to ensure that you’re staying hydrated: infusing your beverages with electrolyte supplements.
ENTER: THE ELECTROLYTE
In all likelihood, you’ve heard plenty about electrolytes at this point. They are a mainstay in sports-focused beverages given their phenomenal ability to rehydrate athletes who run themselves ragged across various competitive fields and stadiums from track runners or marathoners alike!
But what exactly do these little gems contain?
Let's take it apart piece by piece so that every last detail can be understood properly - trust me when I say there isn't anything more important than understanding how your body works on its most fundamental level before jumping into any kind of physical activity (or lack thereof).
Electrolytes are compounds found in our bodies that help to maintain the balance of minerals, water molecules and vitamins. They do this by mediating between these three elements so they can be easily absorbed through your skin or into cells throughout various parts of our body including muscles where needed!
The main role for electrolyte fluids is rehydration which means making sure you're properly hydrated before exercise, after a night-out, during a long flight or more.
HOW CAN I CONSUME MORE ELECTROLYTES?
With the number of people who are dehydrated on any given day, it’s important to make sure we keep a diet rich in nutrients that will help with hydration. Luckily for you though there is an amazing list here from foods such as fruits and vegetables all the way down through DOGPOUND's electrolyte supplements which contain everything your body needs!
Here some great ideas about what kinds or meals would be best suited just before getting active so they can absorb more easily during exercise:
- Bananas – The bananas in your grocery store are not just a healthy snack, but they're also rich with vitamins and minerals. A single banana can contain up to 422 mg of potassium which will help prevent cramps during intense exercise or other dehydrating activities!
- Spinach – We love this superfood that packs the punch of 283 mg sodium, 41 mg potassium and 20 calcium per serving. It's rich in three different types minerals which helps maintain your body’s hydration levels!
- Avocado – If you need a quick fix for potassium-rich foods, avocados are an excellent choice. One single avocado contains nearly twice as much magnesium and calcium than one banana does!
- Portable electrolyte supplements – We created THIRST TRAP to give you the perfect balance of these minerals in one portable stick. Full of electrolytes, minerals and nutrients like potassium, sodium and magnesium. Two grams of organic cane sugar are added for hydration function and mild sweetness, with fewer calories than competitors.
UNLOCK YOUR BEST WORKOUT WITH THIRST TRAP
We hope you’ve learned a little something about hydration and how to make the most of your fluid intake. Our THIRST TRAP supplement is designed to help you do just that, whether you’re an athlete or just trying to stay healthy and active. What have been some of your own personal tips for staying hydrated? Let us know in the comments below!