Hair care – Staying hydrated and staying fit Inseparable companions (Guest post)


Without water, your whole body shuts down. Without water your metabolism can’t operate properly, you can’t digest of food properly, and your kidneys and circulation can be seriously compromised. When you’re trying to get fit, you use up water at an incredible rate. If you don’t stay hydrated, lack of water can do you serious damage. Lack of water can also do skin damage, and even help you lose the hair on your head to the point of needing a hair replacement.
One of the other reasons that dehydration is so dangerous is that it inhibits the functions of salt in the body as well. Salt is absolutely essential in delivering metabolic processes, and its breakdown products, sodium and chlorine, are used in multiple roles throughout the body including hydrochloric acid to break down food, preventing dangerous blood clotting and dealing with acidity levels, which can affect the entire function of the body.
Fitness training in any form releases large amounts of energy. The body goes into overdrive in high performance exercises meaning it requires a very large amount of oxygen. To breathe properly, you need you guessed it water. If not properly hydrated, breathing becomes a pretty grim exercise, also meaning you can’t generate as much power as you need to support your exercises.
One of the best examples of the uses of water in strenuous exercise are contact sports. If you play football, the first thing you’ll notice is that you are actually losing moisture. That moisture does need to be replaced. You sweat largely to keep yourself cool and reduce dangerous body temperature, but there is a threshold at which you might be losing too much moisture.
The main idea of hydration in sports training is to maintain a balance. You can get away with losing some moisture in heavy exercises, but you’ll notice that your thirst is almost unbelievable. That’s actually a very good measure of how much moisture you’ve used up, and how much you actually need.

Water and high performance training

The Apaches used to have a warrior training exercise in which an apprentice warrior was required to run 4 kilometres with a mouthful of water Without drinking the water, or the warrior apprentice didn’t pass the test. The relevance of this to hydration is that this particular test isn’t as difficult as it sounds. The mouthful of water forces the person to breathe correctly through the nose. This is a good way of retaining moisture and regulating oxygenation.
That, as you may have guessed, is another element in mixing hydration and training. More regular your breathing, the better your oxygenation and more efficient your use of water. One of the greatest misconceptions of the “macho” training regimes is that attempting to kill yourself with over-exercise somehow makes you fit. As a matter of fact, it wastes a lot of energy and increases the risk of dehydration. Many basic traditional martial arts exercises are actually very gentle muscle coordination exercises, simply stretching muscle groups, not wasting breath, energy and water on what are literally “cosmetic” exercises.
There is nothing theoretical about water and health. If you lack water, you get sick and your body stops functioning. Exercise to live, don’t merely live to exercise.

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