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Article # 8300

Liquid Replacement

During any period of exertion the body releases water in the form of perspiration in order to cool itself. If fluids lost through perspiring are not soon replenished, dehydration, heal-related illness, and even death can occur.

Dehydration is the outcome of a failure to replace liquids, but how can you tell when you are becoming dehydrated? Thirst is one sign; most people apply Iogic and drink something when they feel thirsty. Other symptoms that are not so obvious are loss of energy, light-headedness, nausea, muscle cramps, and headaches. If you experience any of these symptoms, you should replenish the lost fluids immediately and rest in a cool place until the symptoms desist.

If your body is going to be exerted continuously for more than 90 minutes, a “sports” drink may in fact necessary to replenish carbohydrates and depleted electrolytes (such as potassium, calcium, and sodium). Drinks with polymers are recommended over those with fructose, because while both sugars are burned for fuel, fructose can cause gastro-intestinal problems.