Benefits and importance of water for athletes:
Water is not considered a vitamin or mineral but it is the most important factor that needs to be monitored when it comes to sport performance specifically here in Brazillian Jiu Jitsu. It is an essential catalyst in many chemical reactions in the body such as cellular respiration. It is a solvent used to break down waste in your body. Urea is broken down due to water consumption (urea is the primary compound found in your urine). Chemically it is important for your body to function but why is it important for sport performance? Let’s look at some of these factors.
The number one important thing water does for your body is it acts as an air conditioner. Sweating cools your body temperature down so it does not overheat. When your body overheats and your core temperature rises, certain chemical reactions and enzymes in your body shut down or denature. Sweating cools your body down to prevent this.
One thing you don’t want to experience as a grappler is a muscle cramp. This is a involuntary muscle contraction that does not relax and is forcibly contracted over a few seconds or several minutes. Water loss combined with sweating out electrolytes (in this case sodium and potassium ions) is a major cause of muscle cramps and having constant water uptake can reduce muscle cramps and fatigue.
That being said, We know of a lot of people that drink soda before they go train or while they train or even off the mat, this goes out to Everyone. That is TERRIBLE FOR YOUR BODY.
QUIT it while you are ahead. Instead of Writing about it, Here is WHY:
A lot of the physical aspects noted above are typically what people talk about when the importance of water is discussed but not having enough water also effects the mental side of your game. Sodium chloride and potassium are the two chemicals that are needed for nerves to send electrical signals and this also applies to your brain. A lack of water leads to electrolyte imbalances. If you are sending synapses slower in your brain, this means you are thinking slower and your body is reacting slower to what is going on when you train. As Saulo Ribeiro always says if you are late you muscle, if you muscle you are tired and if you are tired you die.
Boxed water, a cool concept?? what do you think?? Better than the plastic Bottles in our minds. Cleaner.
Tips for staying hydrated:
Replace fluid constantly. This can be done by weighing yourself before and after training. As a general rule for every 1lb lost of water you should drink 500ml (or about a pint) of water to replace that.
Don’t wait until you are thirsty to start drinking water it is already too late you need to drink water consistently throughout exercise and during the day.
Try to avoid sugar in drinks such as Gatorade as that can leave you bloated and your body needs to break down a lot of the sugar that is in the drink. Save them for after a training session.
Lastly everyone’s body is different. You will react to certain things differently. Know what is best for you and how you stay hydrated.
A good Advice to give you guys is to actually NOT drink cold water Just before a meal, during and right after. That has Negative effects on you. Here is the What and Why:
After a good training session or even once or twice a day We suggest that you drink a cup of Green Tea. You can Make them yourself, or Just go to the local coffee shop, stop on your way to the gym and or after the gym. You will feel much better and has a lot of properties that will make you Much more Healthier and also make you feel happier every day bit by bit in a healthy body. These are the little things that add up to your diet and make you a more complete and well rounded Person and Healthy. Oss
Hope all of this Helps and We try to provide you guys with cool and useful information you can take with you everywhere to get get better and become healthier. We Use our bodies harshly and put it through a lot of stress in this sport and we need to treat it well to make sure we can simply get the best out of it for our own goods and benefits. If you have any questions, Don’t hesitate to ask in the comments section and we will make sure we get our specialists answer to you the best way they can. Ossss!!!
Written by: Mike Bryers
Mike Bryers is an active BJJ competitor and Blue belt under Dan Moroney at Bravado Jiu Jitsu/Gracie Woodbridge. He is also a graduate BS.c Honours in kinesiology from York University.