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The Importance of keeping hydrated

Now that the hot summer is over and autumn and winter approaches adequate hydration/ fluid intake can take a back seat in our efforts to keep warm, however, it is just as important to keep ourselves free from the effects of dehydration. The body is made up of around 50-70% water. Even at rest we loose around 2.5 litres of water per day. This is lost through the skin, respiratory tract and excretion. We replenish this water from ingested liquids, water from food and water produced in the breakdown of food molecules in metabolism. Staying hydrated is essential for everyone, however if you are very active there is an even greater need than most to maintain proper hydration. Water is the most important nutrient for life. The functions being, regulating body temperature and transporting nutrients throughout the body and eliminating waste products. Proper fluid balance is essential for good training performance, comfort and safety. Fluid replacement may involve a number of distinct prod…

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