Cycling & Hydration

Necessary Nectar

48“Hydrate or Die!”  Camelbak’s motto 

Salt water, even better!

Believe it or not, there is a lot of controversy about the amount of hydration necessary for endurance performance. What is perfectly clear, we perish without enough of it. 49Water is the beginning and sustenance of life, and aging is a function of decreasing retention of water at the cellular level.

Dying cells are full of metabolic waste and toxins and small amounts of energized water. Some believe inadequate hydration is the cause of many diseases, and water the simple cure. Effects of dehydration on physiological responses include: decreased sweat rates, cardiovascular efficiency and blood pressure; and increased heart rate and core body temperature. 50Loss of water during endurance exercise by just -3%  leads to decreased performance.

Water is the most important supplementation for performance enhancement and for decreasing post-exercise recovery time. Clean water is key, and now there’s additives for wetter water, or water that is treated with bioresonance or vibrational qualities, making it more like dew or the water that is processed from fruit, also known as nectar. This wetter water is more easily absorbed, refreshing thirsty cells.

Refreshing thirsty cyclists is an easy formula – but must be highly individualized for specific amounts –drinking prior to an event and regular drinking while riding, highly dependent upon on environmental conditions, intensity, sweat rates and other factors. Herein lies the controversy in the research currently with Dr. Noakes leading the way, whose philosophy of – drink when “thirsty” – opposes gallons of research that shows we don’t drink enough and our thirst mechanisms may not work soon enough to tell us so. Add the cases of hyponatraemia – sickness and death from over-hydration (technically, too little sodium) among amateurs exercising at low rates stopping at every feed station to finish late in triathlons – and we have a full on water gun war. The truth is, most elite athletes don’t drink enough and a pinch of salt in the water bottle would avoid risks of the latter.

 51Additional hydration for metabolic purposes off the bike requires calculating your particulars like weight, sweat rate, and sweat content to know your necessary amount. Once discovered, it’s more likely you’ll drink this much daily if you monitor intake from a measured container. Also quench with water from vegetables and fruit, and enjoy that nectar.

Prayer for Hydration

“He is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season, and whose leaf does not wither. Whatever he does prospers.” 52Psalm 1:3 

We are thankful for water’s life-giving properties. We confess we are a dehydrated set of athletes in a time when convenient sources are in greatest abundance. We ask for cleaner more energetic fonts and vigilance in its regular replenishment.

Ponder Am I sipping water regularly and getting enough minerals? Affirm I can be energized by appropriate intake for my weight, climate, and other conditions. Watch for the 53body’s many cries for water and respond obligingly.

48Camelbak is the “world’s innovator and originator of hands-free hydration systems.” Their products are kind of like a water backpack…hmm like a camel. www.camelbak.com

49“Improve Drinking Water with prill beads, part 1,” by Dr. James Howenstein, MD posted on February 27, 2007 on www.newswithviews.com This article is fascinating and discusses the many health benefits of structured or energized water. 

50“Sport Drink Considerations,” presented by Lawrence E. Armstrong, PhD, FACSM, of University of Connecticut Human Performance Laboratory at USA Cycling Coaching Summit on October, 2006

51Hydration Calculator by www.hydracoach.com this one is in pounds and ounces, but others are in kilograms and liters www.beverageinstitute.org

 52The Bible, New International Version, Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984 by International Bible Society

53Finally, on water: “You’re not sick; you’re thirsty. Don’t treat thirst with medication.”  Dr. F. Batmanghelidj’s book is Your Body’s Many Cries For Water Copyright 1992, 1995, 1997 F. Batmanghelidj, MD

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