Hello all, today I want to build on last week’s post, specifically water, and include something that most will start experiencing soon if they haven’t already, that lovely sick bug season. It’ll be short and to the point, but still informative, so enjoy.
Water does not just keep you cool and hydrated. This is something that goes out of people’s minds when the temperature starts to drop outside and things become much cooler. Folks think, of I’m not sweating so I don’t need water. Water helps with body temperature regulation both when it’s hot AND when it’s cold, so it’s certainly a good idea to keep pushing it, even when the temperature doesn't make you sweat instantly.
The colder temps also mean that we see a bit more illnesses, what can help keep those away? Staying properly hydrated. You’ve likely heard some sort of term about drowning the sick bug (I think it was the flu specifically?) and there is some truth to that. Water is the primary vessel that carries all those important nutrients throughout your body, not only to help your recovery, but also to fight off those illnesses as best as you can. If those nutrients struggle to get to their destination because they don’t have the fluids to get them there, then yeah, your body will struggle to fight off the illnesses.
No, simply drinking your proper amount of water will not 100% prevent illness from getting to you, but answer this. If you could be sick just once (maybe twice) a year or constantly going form sick to better, sick to better again, which would you choose? I’m guessing you’d rather be up and on your feet doing the things you enjoy doing in your life, no? So, stay hydrated, for the sake of both your recovery and health this winter. Thanks for reading every and enjoy the rest of your week!
Jarrod Dyke, CSCS