How to Hydrate Your MusclesAug 22, 2018
There is a reason why water is the most valuable nutrient in the world.
It is crucial for health, growth, and development.
Here are some ways water is important for muscle building and how you can keep hydrated.
Dehydration Causes Muscle Tightness
Muscle tightness is cause by a long period of inactivity. Typically people who work a desk job or are in a seated position all day long develop muscle tightness. Muscle tightness can also be caused by cramps which happens as a result of muscle fatigue, low potassium, low sodium, or dehydration. An easy way to prevent this is by drinking plenty of water in a day.
Water Builds Muscle
Water is needed to transport nutrients to your cells and take waste out of the body. It also helps to form proteins and glycogen. Moving and flexing your muscles requires water. Dehydration will deprive your body of electrolytes and cause your muscles to cramp. Without a proper water and electrolyte balance, muscle strength can also be damaged.
So how do I hydrate my muscles?
Drink Plenty of Water
The amount of water you should drink really depends on your weight and activity level. If you live in Florida with NutraKey then you know may drink a bit more water than the average person.
Here is a chart of how much water you should be drinking a day in accordance to your weight and a proper amount of exercise (about 1 hour). Over hydration is possible! This chart may not be for everyone!
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Eat Lots of Fruits and Veggies
Basically everything your mother told you.
Don’t forget to factor in the different amounts of water that you receive from plants! Here is a chart that compares the water weights of different fruits and vegetables.
Having watermelon as a snack after a workout is a great way to recovery. Check out this Super Watermelon Recovery Juice recipe!
Try Some Supplements
Creatine is able to hydrate muscle cells very easily. This increases the amount of ion storage throughout the muscle which leads to an increase in protein synthesis making muscles larger and stronger.
NutraKey offers a variety of creatine supplements that you can compare and contrast yourself using this previous blog post.
BCAA Optima is also a new supplement offered by NutraKey that is fully loaded with a 7g Pure BCAAs, 2.6g Glutamine, and 1.9g Taurine Electrolyte Complex. Simply adding in more electrolytes will hydrate your muscles after a workout and have you body at full speed.
For information on why you need more electrolytes in your diet, you can visit this previous blog post.