Different types of dehydration?
That’s right. There are different kinds of dehydration. All are bad in their own way and potentially very harmful if untreated. Rather than go through the technical terms let me lay it out this way. Three types, Normal, too much water, too little water and ‘normal’. It gets a little confusing, but stick with me.
When you have too much water in your system which will dilute your blood. This happens if you drink too much plain water or distilled, if you are just going way too far out of your way to avoid salts. Wait, you can be dehydrated by drinking too much water? Relax, we’ll explain. Your body needs salts and other electrolytes to function. Don’t deprive it. In this case, you should make sure you add salts to whatever you’re eating and drinking to rebalance. To ‘rehydrate’ in this situation, put extra Rapid Rehydration in your water, i.e. 2 packets instead of one in 16oz of water. This will have a higher concentration of salts and electrolytes and will help you recover better.
Next is too little water. Ok, that I can get. This happens when you have consumed too much salt and not enough water. This is a typical condition for most Americans who eat a lot of processed food with added salts and preservatives. In this case, you should be drinking water with no added electrolytes to balance out and eat some unprocessed meals.
However, when you think of dehydration you are probably thinking of the ‘normal’ dehydration – that is when you lose roughly the same proportion of salt and water that you normally have in your body. This is usually what happens when you sweat, your sweat has some salt in it as various other things like ammonia, urea and other ingredients that aren’t relevant to this topic. When you’re working out and sweating a lot, this is what’s happening. It is always important that what you’re drinking during or after training has some electrolytes.
This is the situation that Rapid Rehydration was specifically designed to treat. When you get severely dehydrated in this way, your blood has lost a lot of its water and salts, causing it to thicken. Now your blood is denser, all of the stuff in it (cells, plasma etc) doesn’t have as much water to move around in (Think when you are making chili, you start with a lot of liquid as it boils down, the chili gets thicker). Rapid Rehydration has a lower concentration of ‘stuff’ as standard sports drinks so it helps force the essential water and salts back into your cells. That’s why when you drink standard sports drinks like Powerade when you’re dehydrated, they tend to sit in your stomach and bloat you; they are absorbing too slowly. Gatorade and other standard sports drinks have more ‘stuff’ in them and are made when you blood is at its natural hydrated state. So if you never let yourself get even slightly dehydrated, crack open some Gatorade. But as soon as you get even a little thirsty, time for Rapid Rehydration.
All of these conditions result in cramping and decreased mental and physical performance. All of these conditions are harmful, and when taken to the extreme can be fatal.