Hydration

Sports Drinks vs Electrolytes

Sports Drinks versus Electrolytes

Training in the summer heat? What do you reach for to stay hydrated and fueled? When it comes to staying hydrated, knowing when to reach for plain water, an electrolyte supplement, or a sports drink can dramatically impact your performance. But what’s the difference? And does it matter? The answer is a resounding “YES”, and […]

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How to Prevent Dehydration with Electrolytes

How to Prevent Dehydration with Electrolytes

Athletes and active individuals need to drink more than just water. With sweaty summer training, your body’s best friend is sodium. Here in South Carolina, it’s a typical hot and humid summer, and any activity outdoors can take it out of you…sodium that is! Many of my clients are telling me how they’re not feeling

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Hydration Needs for Young Athletes

Hydration Needs for Young Athletes

Parents listen up! Every summer I work with young athletes to help them understand their hydration needs, and to establish a hydration protocol for parents to help their athlete implement. It’s a “hot” topic every summer (pun intended!), because it’s such a critical component of their health and performance, and the consequences of dehydration are

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Staying Hydrated: A Step-By-Step Approach to Calculating Your Sweat Rate

Have you considered what your sweat rate is, and how it can easily cause dehydration? You don’t have to stand outside long to know that summer is in full-swing.  It’s this time of year that I ask myself why I even bother showering. I sweat just standing out there! Unfortunately, we can’t stop the sweating.

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Kristen Ziesmer, Sports Dietitian - Training Guide-Heat Acclimation

Training Guide: Heat Acclimation

Melting in the summer heat while training? Learn key tips for heat acclimation, for safer training and better performance for elite athletes. Chris Giblin with Men’s Fitness Magazine explains how heat acclimation training can help boost fitness performance in his article, The Heat Wave Workout: How to Train in Hot Weather. A study performed at

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Kristen Ziesmer, Sports Dietitian - Summertime Hydration for Athletes

Summertime Hydration for Athletes

Proper hydration in the summertime is a must for athletes! Summer weather is officially here in South Carolina! By summer weather, I mean humidity. Gone are the days of being able to walk outside and not worry about sweating through your shirt. If you are an athlete, these conditions can be extremely dangerous. Here, I

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