Hydration and Athletic Performance

The importance of proper hydration cannot be overstated. Whether you’re a middle-schooler finishing up track practice or a star NFL player readying yourself for a primetime game on Sunday night, high-quality water can make a difference. From preparation to sports performance to recovery, proper hydration and water quality are imperative. 

How Hydration Can Make a Difference

When you hear the word “hydration,” it’s easy to just think about drinking water. However, hydration isn’t just about quenching your thirst—it’s also about keeping your body in tip-top shape for athletic performance. Water is essential for many of your body’s functions, including digestion and absorption of nutrients, temperature regulation, and the prevention of muscle cramps and joint injuries. Proper hydration keeps your body functioning at its peak prowess. Just as hydration is important for all of these functions, more than anything it can keep you from the negative effects of dehydration

Dehydration occurs when you lose more fluid than you take in, leaving your body with not enough water to carry out its normal functions. Dehydration can cause a wide range of issues to an athlete’s body including extreme thirst, fatigue, dizziness, and even confusion. It can also affect your muscles by increasing the chances of muscle cramps and joint injuries. Any athlete of any sport can be at risk of dehydration. Regardless of the athletic environment’s temperature, athletes can become hydrated depending on how their body expends fluids. When you lose water through sweat during exercise, your body becomes more acidic as it tries to compensate for losing minerals by drawing them from our cells. This causes muscle spasms due to nerve irritation. Water and electrolytes can help aid in the nourishment of your body, keeping dehydration away. It’s important to note that not all water is as beneficial to your body as you may hope. 

How Quality Drinking Water Makes a Difference

Just because you may be drinking water out of your kitchen tap doesn’t mean that it is the best water for your body. That’s because a lot of households, businesses, and public water fountains suffer from hard water. This type of water is known to have higher concentrations of calcium and magnesium minerals that can not only cause issues for your water-using appliances but leave drinking water with a bad taste or awful smell. If you’re suffering from poor water quality that isn’t appealing to drink, then it’d be no surprise that you’d end up drinking less of it. The most important thing you can do to improve your athletic performance is to drink more water. It’s not just about hydration, it’s about performance. When we’re properly hydrated, we have better muscle function and less risk of injury. Our muscles will also recover faster from training sessions so that we can get back into training sooner rather than later.

Quality water from something like a reverse osmosis system can leave you with quality water free from dirt, clay, sediment, unpleasant odors, and harmful water contaminants. Water contaminants like arsenic, lead, and magnesium, can not only leave water unappetizing but cause even more potential harm to your body than just dehydration. For instance, when it comes to even low-level, long-term exposure to arsenic via drinking water creates the possibility of increased occurrences of cancer and other health problems. 

Improve Your Athletic Performance with High-Quality Water from Culligan Water

Make sure that your body is receiving the proper hydration it needs for athletic abilities by giving it the high-quality water it deserves. With a reverse osmosis system from Culligan Water of St. Joseph, you can rest assured that your body is receiving the water it deserves- free from bad tastes, smells, and harmful contaminants. 

A reverse osmosis system can remove impurities and contaminants far more effectively than filter pitchers and faucet filter attachments. With an Aquasential Smart Reverse Osmosis system, you can enjoy up to 75 gallons of purified water per day. Additionally, our Clearlink Pro button offers the opportunity to turn your faucet from unfiltered tap water to bottled water quality Culligan Water.

If you’re ready to advance your athletic performance and give your body the proper hydration it needs to excel, the first step is finding out what your household’s water has in it. Contact us to schedule a free in-home water quality test to determine what type of water filtration system will work best for your needs. Become the best athlete you can be by giving your body the best water it can drink with the help of Culligan Water of St. Joseph.