Sports and Nutrition-The Winning Connection
Keeping Fluid Levels Up

Just Satisfying Thirst Is Not Enough

Thirst is your body's signal that you need to drink water. By the time you feel thirsty, you may have already lost one percent to two percent of your water--and that's enough to hurt performance. But just drinking enough to satisfy your thirst may not supply your body's needs. If you drink only enough to satisfy your thirst, your body may take up to 24 hours to fully rehydrate its cells and regain maximum performance.

When you participate in a sporting event or practice session, follow these guidelines:

  • Don't wait until you are thirsty before drinking water.

  • Drink more than enough to satisfy your thirst.

  • Drink more than you think you need before an event or practice to make sure you are fully rehydrated.


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