This is a follow-up to the Electrolytes, Performance, and Misapplied Precision episode of specific listener questions.
Here are the 12 questions:
1. Do you need electrolytes for water to be absorbed?
2. Why is it always electrolyte drinks?
3: Is there a difference between electrolytes?
4: If eating a balanced diet (like Lazy Macros®), do you need to hydrate with additional salts?
5: Is IV hydration a scam?
6: What’s the danger with drinking when you aren’t thirsty (i.e., overhydration)?
7: What about electrolytes for two sessions a day (30-45 minutes each in the heat)?
8: If you have a second session later that day, do you need post-workout or even intra-workout hydration?
9: What about electrolytes for a 2-3 hour training session with a couple of conditioning pieces, some lifting, and an accessory?
10: What about electrolytes for working construction 8-10 hours a day with constant heavy sweating?
11: What’s the danger in taking electrolytes “just because”?
12: Three scenarios for understanding the hydration and electrolyte needs:
- What about a 13-mile hike with 3200 ft of elevation gain on a hot day?
- What about a 160 km bike ride? Don’t you need to stay on top hydration and fueling before getting to two hours?
- What about off-road enduro motorcycle events of 4-5 hours of hard riding? Is 1.5 liters of Pedialyte sport sufficient?
BONUS Topic: Understanding long-term water balance and sodium storage in the skin.
Rakova et al., 2013. Long-term regulation of sodium intake and water balance.
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