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Staying Hydrated Before, During, and After Your Sauna Session

There are few things that are as invigorating as the feeling of a relaxing sauna session. Studies show that saunas have incredible health benefits, including detoxification, improved cardiovascular function, skin rejuvenation, improved immune system, and enhanced stress management.

However, without adequate hydration, things can go south pretty quickly. During a sauna session, your body sweats excessively, so you’ll need to replenish the lost fluids. Here are some considerations to keep in mind.  

Meet Recommended Fluid Levels

Calculating your daily fluid intake is quite straightforward. Divide your body weight in pounds by half, and you should know how many ounces of water you need. For example, if you weigh 160 pounds, then your recommended fluid intake should be 80 ounces per day.

One cup of water translates into approximately 8 ounces, which comes down to 10 cups of fluid each day. While that may sound impossible to complete, remember that you get fluids from other sources too, such as fruits, smoothies, and juices.

Avoid Dehydrating Drinks

If you’re planning a sauna session, it’s best to avoid foods and drinks that cause dehydration. Be especially careful with caffeinated beverages, tea, alcohol, and high-protein beverages, such as protein shakes. These drinks can cause excess dehydration, resulting in problems such as dizziness, headaches, and loss of consciousness while in a sauna.

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Understand Your Diet

Incorporating a regular sauna session in your lifestyle is a great addition to your self-care routine, but you want to make sure that it matches your dietary needs. For instance, individuals on a keto diet have a very low carb intake, which does affect how water is retained in the body.

Carbohydrates are responsible for retaining water in the body, and if you’re on a low-carb diet, you’ll need to replenish fluids faster. This means being extra careful about drinking water both before and after a sauna session.
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