Stay hydrated while working out
SUMMARY: Working out during the summer may cause you to sweat more, but you should stay hydrated to keep the entire body healthy.
Posted: July 9, 2013
Staying well-hydrated is important on many levels, especially for those who want to break a sweat in the summer heat. According to a 2011 report from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, roughly 6,000 people each year have to go to the emergency room for treatment because of their inability to handle the harsh temperatures. It is possible to help your body get used to sweating a lot, but you must balance it out with plenty of fluids so you don't become dehydrated. This summer, make sure that you are taking extra precautions to ensure you stay hydrated and feeling great.
Drinking plenty of water is an obvious solution to staying hydrated while working out during the summer, but some people still don't consume enough fluids. If you drink at least one liter of water each day, you will be more likely to shed weight than people who do not drink enough water. Plus, if you're drinking more water you will be in an overall healthier state. Among 11 studies reviewed by Branda Davey, associate professor at the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Virginia Tech University, and her team of researchers, three studies found a high level of evidence that suggests drinking water promotes weight loss.
Dry mouth, a common side effect of dehydration, can even create oral health issues. Simply drinking enough water can decrease the possibility of having dry mouth because it keeps the gums, tongue and cheeks moist. This also has a positive effect on bad breath and other conditions that can arise in the mouth. For example, drinking water helps to get rid of bacteria that cause bad breath. While it might be the last thing you are thinking about when working out, it's good to remember the importance of a healthy mouth no matter what you're doing.
Workouts cause you to lose more than just fluids, but that doesn't mean you should consume sugary beverages like sports drinks to rehydrate. Sports drinks are marketed as a healthy alternative to soda, and they are much better for you to drink. but researchers say that people who work out strenuously for at least an hour at a time will find the most benefits from these drinks. However, the amount of sugar in a sports drink may increase your probability of having bad breath. If you need to remedy dry mouth, sports drinks may cause more harm than good.