When we are up on the mountain all day enjoying a beautiful day of skiing and snowboarding, often, the last thing that we think about is hydration. However, this is extremely important to keeping our bodies safe and healthy.
Here’s how hydration affects the body:
The majority of the human body’s is made up of water. The body needs water so it can sustain body and brain functions. It is important in the support of active work and play at higher elevations.
Facts on hydration:
- The human body is about 60% water
- The brain is almost 80% water, so brain function and hydration are highly connected
- Even a 2% drop in body weight due to dehydration can cause the following: poor cognitive function, dizziness, fatigue and lack of concentration, decreased reaction times, and increased risk of injury
Benefits of water:
- High altitude causes increased loss of fluids resulting in more rapid dehydration.
- Water improves muscle performance, clears toxins and promotes overall well being.
- Hydration helps regulate body temperature.
- Water can increase energy levels including the midday slump.
- Water is key to the digestion process and aids in nutrient transportation.
Tips to stay hydrated:
- Drink water as soon as you wake up and before going to sleep
- Drink at least a glass of water with every meal
- Drink water during work and activities
- Carry water with you at all times
- Men should drink about 2 liters of water per day
- Women should drink about 1.6 liters of water per day
- Eat fruits and vegetables that have a high water content
- Avoid alcohol and sugary drinks
- Drink water before you feel thirsty