Knowing your hydration status is key to performing at your peak.
The great news is that it isn’t rocket science. SOS founder Dr Blanca gives us some top tips
Knowing your hydration status
There is no rule of thumb when it comes to hydration. Everybody is different and has different needs. Learn to listen to your body.
The best way to assess your hydration status is through your urine.
1 – Understand that when you are hydrated you should be urinating a similar volume to what you are drinking.
2 – Urine color: by urinating light clear urine you will know that you are properly hydrated. Dark, orange and small amount of urine reflects dehydration.
Are you a salty sweater?
Not everybody needs to consume the same amount of sodium. There are some signs that can help you realize how much of a sodium sweater are you:
- a) Muscle cramps: sodium, chloride and potassium are the main electrolytes involved in muscle contraction. When any of these electrolytes are low or when there is not enough muscle perfusion due to dehydration the muscle contractility process will be impaired.
- b) After drying, your clothes will have white lines on your clothes
- c) When getting sweat in your eyes they will burn or even your sweat will taste salty
Next time you need hydrating remember these easy steps and hydrate accordingly.
To learn more about the science of SOS check out our science page www.sosrehydrate.com