Dehydration or Electrolyte Depletion?: Staying Healthy in Hot Yoga

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Dehydration or Electrolyte Depletion?: Staying Healthy in Hot Yoga


It’s common sense that performance in a hot yoga class is closely linked to hydration.  Try embracing the present when the present includes a splitting headache, a screaming calf, or debilitating fatigue.

Almost anyone who has practiced hot yoga has experienced some adverse symptom at one point or another related to dehydration- fatigue, extreme thirst, or muscle cramping.  And anyone who has experienced these symptoms has probably heard a host of solutions and remedies from people: you need to drink more water, you need to buy x product, you need to eat more of x food … and the list goes on.  But before you know which remedy to employ, you need to trace the problem back to its origins.

What really happens to your body during hot yoga? What is the difference between being dehydrated or experiencing electrolyte depletion? Are there different physical cues for each…

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