July is officially upon us – everyone has an extra pep in their step and we’re all feeling a little bit more active. Therefore, we have to pay extra attention to our levels of hydration, as we tend to lose water more quickly during the summer months when the temperatures (hopefully) rise and we engage in more physical activities.
Hydration is crucially important in maintaining our everyday health, especially for very active sports people. Our bodies are made up of around 60% water, which is used in many important bodily functions from digestion to temperature regulation. Chia Bia can help with that, along with a multitude of other health benefits.
Our body temperatures and heart rates increase significantly during exercise, and if the body is dehydrated, the heart has to work harder to regulate this temperature, causing it extra and unnecessary strain. In particular, sportspeople and athletes should consider adopting a fluid–intake routine, and aim to consume a certain amount of fluid before, during and after their workout.
The importance of Hydration in Sports
There are many risks associated with dehydration, including:
- Poor concentration and co-ordination
- Dizziness or light-headedness
- Muscle cramps
- Hard, fast heartbeat
- Nausea or vomiting
Experts recommend drinking around 2 litres of water a day, however many of us can find it difficult to drinking enough water during the day. It’s so important to replace this lost fluid, but it’s not something that has to become boring or monotonous – there are tons of great ways to get this essential resource into your diet!
- ‘Chia Bia Fresca’ is a popular drink in Central America where chia is most commonly sourced. Here’s a great recipe from our ‘Cooking with Chia for Dummies’ cookbook. Simply soak Chia Bia seeds in water and allow them to swell – add lemon juice and a sweetener of your choice for the perfect accompaniment to your workout or as a refreshing drink throughout the day.
- Restore lost fluids with a sports drink or a healthy smoothie after exercise – add some chia seeds for an extra hit of goodness.
- Fruit and vegetables have an extremely high concentration of water, so snacking on foods such as watermelon, tomatoes or grapes can significantly increase your daily hydration levels. As a source of water, fruit and veg are best eaten raw as cooking causes them to lose much of this through evaporation or boiling. Sprinkle with some chia seeds for a bit of added crunch.
- Add tasty treats to your water throughout the day such as sliced strawberries, cucumbers or mint leaves to jazz up the flavour. Throw in some tasteless Chia Bia milled seeds for good measure – you can eat everything when you’ve finished.
It can be hard to remain motivated when taking on something new, so give yourself incentives and little rewards to keep going – you’ll soon notice the countless benefits that proper hydration has to offer and you won’t look back!