Our bodies are, on average, approximately 57% water (Guyton’s Textbook of Medical Physiology). Having the proper amount of fluids in our bodies is paramount for proper function. A major problem arises when we become dehydrated. Dehydration means that your body doesn’t have a sufficient level of fluids in it. Dehydration causes a general break down in bodily functions.
So what happens when we don’t have enough water? Water is responsible for evacuating the waste product produced by human motion. Dehydration creates a toxic wasteland in our bodies because of the inability to flush out this byproduct. Dehydration can also cause myofascial adhesions, reducing physical productivity.
Water also keeps our body temperature regulated so our temperature doesn’t shoot up as our activity level increases. This is what sweat is. As the body’s physical activity increases, so does its temperature. To combat overheating, the body sweats. The evaporating of the sweat cools the body. The problem arises when physical activity is performed in areas with high humidity levels. When the air already has a high percentage of moisture, sweat won’t evaporate as easily, and the body can’t cool down. Now, the body pours sweat in an attempt to keep the body cool, quickly depleting our hydration levels. Just drinking water doesn’t solve the dehydration problem we’ve created.
“How is this possible?” you ask. The truth is that water needs a catalyst to allow it to move in and out of cells. This catalyst comes in the form of electrolytes. Consuming a water-electrolyte product will allow water to penetrate and nourish the cell. A cell that receives nourishment is a healthy cell. Healthy cells mean healthy tissue and a healthy body. When water can enter our cells, we can become hydrated.
Brad Price, M.S., USAW, Education Department
Brad Price hails from the booming metropolis of Copperas Cove, Texas. He received his BBA from The University of Texas at Austin and his MS in Kinesiology from Louisiana State University. Brad intrest in Trigger Point Therapy lies in its application to sports performance and weight training.