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Water makes up about 60 percent of our bodies' weight. Water is a major component of blood and cells, flushes toxins out of inner organs, and transports nutrients. We constantly lose fluid through our sweat, urine and bowel movements. Not drinking enough fluids (dehydration) causes tiredness and decreased muscle activity and concentration, which can decrease your performance on the field. It is extremely important to be hydrated before you start training and before playing a game. Eating a healthy, well balanced diet can help to keep your electrolytes in check. Electrolytes regulate normal volume of fluid in the cells, your blood pH, muscle action and other important processes. Examples of electrolytes are sodium, potassium, calcium, magnesium, chloride and phosphate.
It occurs when we do not have enough fluid to perform normal functions. Consuming an average of 9-12 cups of fluid a day will help to maintain your hydration. That includes what you drink AND what you eat.
You need to drink enough to replace the fluid you lose through sweating.
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