Dehydration can be a big problem for anyone, especially those who participate in sports or who spend a lot of time in hot temperatures. Sports drinks for your skin can help!
Sports Drinks for Skin
Adult bodies are made up of between half and three-quarters water. Dehydration is when there is a shortage of water in the body. It is when a person is losing more water than they are taking in and the body no longer has the amount needed to function normally. For the skin, this means sunken eyes, clammy and/or pale skin, and loss of natural elasticity.
Why sports drinks? Why not water or sodas? Sports drinks offer several things that water does not. For example, most sports drinks contain sodium, calcium, magnesium, and potassium. These ingredients are known as electrolytes. Potassium and sodium help the fluids to move into the muscles more quickly, returning skin and body to its original state. Another interesting thing to note is that some studies have been done which show that the taste of the sports drink increases people’s desire to drink more. In that manner, more fluid is taken in and can be used by the body. Plain water does not have that advantage.
Some people also try to substitute soft drinks or energy drinks to replenish their fluids. This is always a bad idea. Most energy drinks as well as sodas have large amounts of caffeine. Caffeine is a diuretic, which causes you to have to urinate more frequently and so only worsens the amount of fluid loss.
While dehydration deprives your skin of the fluid it needs, sports drinks replace that fluid, and do so very quickly. They are specifically designed to replace those fluids. Some worry about the amount of sugar in sports drinks, but it is actually quite low and aids in replacing energy levels. You can always dilute the sports drink if you find the taste to be too sweet for your liking. This provides some of the benefits of the sports drink in a less sugary form.
Symptoms of dehydration include headaches, lethargy, thirst, mental confusion, and decreased urine. If symptoms of heat exhaustion are present, one should seek medical attention. Symptoms of heat exhaustion include vomiting, dizziness, rapid pulse, or trouble breathing. Ideally you should try to avoid getting dehydrated in the first place. Keep your home comfortable, stay out of the sun as much as possible, and drink plenty of fluids.