Studies have shown that being well-hydrated is the most important nutritional intervention for athletes, and yet most don't understand the basics of hydration
Huntington Beach, CA (PRWEB) October 7, 2009
According to Dr. Cheryle Hart, Mayo Clinic trained physician and bestselling author, you may be drinking fluids, but not hydrating your body. In her new white paper, "Top Myths of Sports Hydration," Dr. Hart has debunked the top five myths of hydration, particularly as they apply to sports and fitness.
These myths include why drinking plain, unenhanced water after a workout may actually be dehydrating, and why many popular sports drinks may hurt rather than help sports performance.
"Studies have shown that being well-hydrated is the most important nutritional intervention for athletes, and yet most don't understand the basics of hydration" says Dr. Hart. "I want to change that."
According to Dr. Hart, cellular hydration is a complex process involving the intricate balance of electrolytes in the body. "In my first mythbuster, for example, I explain why drinking plain, unenhanced water after an intense workout can actually dehydrate you. That's because it dilutes blood plasma sodium which decreases the sensation of thirst, while at the same time stimulating more urine production. The net-net is dehydration rather than hydration."
This and other myths of hydration are available at: http://www.aquagenus.com/top-hydration-myths.com
About Dr. Hart
Dr. Hart has been a physician and medical educator for the past 29 years, and has focused her practice on health programs aimed at optimal wellness and disease prevention. She completed her medical specialty training in obstetrics and gynecology at the Mayo Clinic in 1984 and held appointments as clinical professor there and at the University of Washington School of Medicine. Dr. Hart is board certified in Bariatrics, the medical management of weight. Dr. Hart co-authored Amazon.com's continuing top seller, The Insulin-Resistance Diet, How to Turn Off Your Body's Fat-Making Machine (McGraw-Hill Publishers) in 2001.