Water–and especially the water our Ice Express kiosks can dispense–is a fantastic performance-enhancer for athletes. In fact, it’s among the best things they can drink to rejuvenate themselves. Unfortunately, though, too many of the sports-inclined overlook the power of this essential nutrient.
Here are some facts about water that every athlete-–or active person, for that matter–should consider:
1. The human body cannot function without water.
It’s a known fact that athletes can die of dehydration. And no wonder, water is a key constituent in many of the body’s biochemical reactions.
2. Water is essential for digestion.
The body needs water to:
- moisten and digest food;
- transport food nutrients to and from cells;
- discard waste; and
- dissipate heat.
Water is also a major component of muscles and organs. It makes up about 60% of a man’s bodyweight and 50% of a woman’s.
3. Body water absorbs heat from the muscles and sweat dissipates heat.
The evaporation of 36 ounces (about 1 liter) of sweat from the skin represents a loss of about 580 calories. Sweat helps prevent overheating during exercise and in hot environments.
4. Dehydration can hinder athletic performance.
Athletes who lose more than 2% of their body weight in water lose their mental edge as well as their ability to perform well. Sweat loss that amounts to 10% or more of body weight can be life-threatening.
Ice Express water and ice vending machines are just what the thirsty athletes and members of your community need.