The Difference Between Water Hydration And Fluid Absorption


Tebogo Motlhasedi

As the summer temperatures become highly unbearable, you are advised to add an extra water bottle to stay hydrated during the scorching days.

But before you do, you should know a few things about how your body actually absorbs fluid. Hydration and fluid absorption are not the same, drinking a ton of water does not mean that your body is able to use all of it.

In order to achieve a well hydrated state, you actually need to absorb the fluids you are consuming. Therefore being hydrated means that you have all of your total body water compartments at a relatively even balance. Fluid absorption is drinking something and pulling that fluid into different compartments.  Otherwise wise you are just giving yourself more reasons to pee.

When considering the water in your body, you need more than just water think about this: While is true that we are primarily made up of water, none of it is plain H2O.

So for your drink to water that will be absorbed within the gut and spread into the cells that need it most, it needs to have the right mix of water and electrolytes. Health care specialists suggest that, you primarily need some sodium and a bit of glucose in a drink. A bit of sugar in with the electrolytes gives the best absorption so that you are able to pull that fluid across and mitigate dehydration issues.

If you love salty food, it is advised to drink water with a pinch of sea salt throughout the day, for maximum fluid absorption during the day. During exercise, your body is busy sending blood flowing to muscles, instead of expanding energy to move fluid across the intestines.

However, during rest that blood flow diversion does not happen quite the same way. So there has to be adequate glucose in the stomach and intestines to help transport water, as long as there is enough sodium present.

Consult an expert, like a sports nutritionist to help you get closer to perfect hydration and fluid absorption for your body.