Staying hydrated is important because over 50% of our body is water. Water regulates body temperature, lubricates joints, transports nutrients and oxygen throughout the body, and is essential for all metabolic processes. Proper hydration is necessary to maintain optimal health and peak performance.
Poor hydration can lead to electrolyte imbalances and low circulating blood volume which can contribute to muscle cramps, dizziness, fatigue, heat stroke, and heat exhaustion. Mental and physical performance declines and key processes start to fail as less nutrients flow to the organs and muscle groups.
Adding an electrolyte enhancing powder to your water pre, during or post exercise will replenish electrolytes at the rate at which they are being used so that the body can adequately absorb liquid to stay hydrated. Our pure and simple electrolyte powders: Hydrate and Coconut, assist in replenishing and restoring electrolyte imbalance when we’re in extreme situations or pushing our edge.
Whether you are a hot yoga practitioner or a runner, cyclist, climber, golfer, or traveler in a hot climate or high elevation, grab a stick, add it to your water, and stay hydrated throughout the entire course of your day!
We are yogis who love to sweat. HOT YOGA IS AN EXTREME environment. We loose a lot of water and salt through sweat during the hot practice and often need to add electrolytes to our water to stay hydrated pre, during and post practice.
Our body’s sweat system relies on salts to pump water onto our skin to evaporate and cool us off. That’s why our sweat tastes salty. The evaporation of sweat off our skin pulls the heat away from the body to cool us down. This is why having more skin exposed in class helps the body cool down in a hot practice. When we drip large pools of sweat in hot yoga, we need to replenish our lost salt stores to maintain proper hydration. We also need a certain amount of salts to retain water in our bodies. The longer and more intensely you work out, the more necessary it is to get water and electrolytes back into your body.
While struggling to endure the heat during class, have you ever heard your teacher say, “The best time to hydrate is the day before class?” Then you think, “Ya, that would have been nice to have remembered, yesterday.” Once the body is depleted of water, it needs electrolytes to assist in the process of rehydrating. If you chug a few liters of water before or during class, your body will not absorb most of the water and it will simply go right through you. When you find yourself in the situation where you are getting dehydrated, add a YogaLyte electrolyte stick to your cup or liter and you’ll bounce right back into your practice. Remember to consume your minimum water intake daily so the body doesn’t start the day dehydrated.
Electrolytes are minerals responsible for all electrical charges and nerve transmissions throughout the body. When dissolved in water they become ions. These ions facilitate communication and relay messages that enable us to perceive and respond to the world. They stimulate muscle contraction and relaxation, play an instrumental role in absorption and retention of fluids and are responsible for the simple and essential beating of our hearts. When we sweat we lose electrolytes. If we do not replace electrolyte stores, the body will be unable to absorb water and function properly. When we become dehydrated, we loose muscle function, mental performance, nerve communication and become depleted. Adding electrolytes to water enables the body to absorb fluids and bounce back from a depleted state.
What Do Electrolytes Do?
- Are taken in as chemical compounds that dissociate into ions within the body
- Operate on a cellular level
- Ions help balance pH and acid base levels in body
- Aids in regulation of endocrine system
- Vital for nerve impulse transmission and muscle contraction
- Facilitate fluid movement into and out of cells
- Assist in transportation of water to the skin to sweat to cool body down
- Responsible for all the processes of your body
Electrolyte Imbalance. Too much or too little can lead to:
- Muscle weakness or severe cramping
- Sunken eyes, confusion or loss of hearing, sight, or consciousness even for a brief moment
- Poor skin elasticity
- Cold, clammy skin
- Low or high blood pressure
- Rapid heart rate
- Hyperkalemia, low blood potassium levels leads to abnormal heart rhythms
- Hypercalcemia, high calcium levels can weaken bones, create kidney stones, interfere with heart and brain
Your Hydration Needs
Water is involved in every type of cellular process in your body. When you are dehydrated, all the systems of the body operate at a loss. How much water you need depends on your age, where you live, your heath, and how active you are. The “8 by 8” rule of drinking eight 8-ounce glasses of water a day gives the body 1.9 liters. This is easy to remember and serves as a minimum amount of what the body should consume. For an average, healthy adult living in a temperate climate, adequate intake for a male is about 3 liters and for a women around 2.2 liters. For an active body this amount increases to 3-5 liters depending on the body and activity.
The best way to stay hydrated is to eat whole fresh fruits and vegetables and drink A LOT of water. Avoid overconsumption of: simple sugars, caffeine, alcohol, carbonated drinks, and processed foods. If you drink a bunch of water at once, or when you are already thirsty, the body may already be dehydrated and may not be able to absorb the liquid you are quickly consuming. Learn out how much water your body needs and consume this amount steadily throughout the course of the day. If it is a hot day, or you are exercising in heat, supplement your water with YogaLyte!