Cellular hydration is a big topic but not as big as it should be. Typically athletes wonder how to hydrate themselves during hot temperatures when in reality, increasing cellular hydration is essential for performance year round. While the traditional advice of drinking 8 glasses of water a day is better than nothing, we know now that it’s not really about how much water you drink but about how much is absorbed on a cellular level.
Dehydration is never a good thing, that we all can agree on but did you know that your cells use water to make ATP. ATP is the energy driver of your muscles (people take creatine to increase ATP for bigger muscles and more strength).
Well without proper cellular hydration, your cells aren’t going to efficiently make ATP.
So what are the best supplements for cellular hydration?
The old stand by is electrolytes which help your cells hold onto and use the water you just drank.
The main electrolytes are sodium, chloride, potassium, magnesium and calcium. And while you want equal amounts of each, you’re better off just getting them anyway you can.Coconut water, for example, is heavily weighted in potassium. I’m not too concerned about the disruption of electrolytes, just get more.
Salt: While you can think that you get a lot of sedum from your table salt, it really isn’t the beneficial salts that your body can use. Pink Himalayan salt is 98 percent sodium chloride but also contains trace minerals such as potassium, magnesium and calcium. Of particular interest is the ability for sodium to help working muscles contract and relax.
Creatine And Taurine are two supplements that often go overlooked for increasing cellular hydration. Creatine exerts many of its muscle building benefits by pulling water toward a muscle cell. While it’s not an electrolyte, it does hydrate a muscle cell.
I include taurine in the Physique Formula all natural BCAAS since taurine helps to regulate fluid retention in a cell. Taurine seems to be able to regulate where fluid actually goes to your body. In a way it makes super every cell is hydrated. On top of that, it’s an excellent anti oxidant.
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Aquamin is an interesting supplement for hydration. Derived from red marine algae, aquamin is high in calcium and magnesium and contains upward of 72 trace minerals.
Fiber is quickly forgotten because it can’t hydrate muscle cells yet fiber is excellent at maintaining proper fluid balance in your gut and digestive tract. As we know, the gut is the key to everything so it only makes sense to include fiber rich foods such as potatoes and oatmeal in your daily diet.
There you have it. These are a few strategies for increasing cellular hydration. I’m always grinding some extra pink himalayan salt onto my food and that's my best piece of advice. Take your hydration serious and you’ll notice your body composition and performance will improve for the better.