Wet & Wild

CLEO (Malaysia) - - BODY & SOUL -

We’ve been trained to stay hy­drated all our lives (he­li­copter par­ents, am I right?) but sci­ence may have proven us wrong, once again. A new re­port about over-hy­dra­tion, aka hy­pona­tremia or wa­ter in­tox­i­ca­tion in sports sug­gests that un­der cer­tain cir­cum­stances, drink­ing too much fluid may bring more harm than good. But, re­ally, how much is too much? Kevin Miller, an as­so­ciate pro­fes­sor of ath­letic train­ing at Cen­tral Michi­gan Univer­sity and co-au­thor of the re­port says the an­swer is sim­ple: Just use com­mon sense. Drink when you feel thirsty – not be­fore and not af­ter you feel sated, and there’s no need to “stay ahead of your thirst”, con­trary to pop­u­lar be­lief.

Take a big gulp!

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