Most of us do not realize it, but we do not get enough water in a day to keep us truly hydrated. What is more is the fact that we probably also do not get all of the proper minerals to maintain hydration properly in our bodies. While sport drinks mostly claim to replace electrolytes and hydrate a body, many of them just add sugar and salt to the body, only temporarily hydrating it until some real good water with real minerals can make its way in. The old idea of eight glasses a day is just for sedentary people who never sweat.
The majority of people are exposed to physical exertion and temperature extremes during a day. If you are a person who sweats a great deal, then you are not only losing water, you are also losing vital minerals during the day. The solution is to get a good, calorie-free electrolyte mix to add to your water and carry a good deal of water with you throughout the day. This is the only way to stay hydrated and healthy. One other way is to get the best spring water you can possibly buy and carry that. It can become very costly. It is often better to go with the electrolyte blends.
Here are some things you want to look for in the mixes you get: You want to see vitamin C, some b-vitamins, potassium, a bit of sodium, and trace minerals or a green drink mixture. When you see these kinds of ingredients, you know you are getting some serious hydration. If you cannot find anything like that, go for a powdered, freeze-dried green drink and reconstitute with spring water. This will liven you up and hydrate you faster than anything else. Take control of your health and hydration. It will get your further in competition and in life.