Most Australians, whatever microclimate they live in, know the importance of hydration, especially cyclists, who often exercise for extended periods. Yet each summer, many are hospitalised due to simply not drinking enough fluids. Dehydration is not just feeling thirsty. It occurs when the body reaches a dangerously low level of water content, often caused by a sustained net loss of fluid. One third of our body is made up of water, and within our muscles the level rises to 75%.
Many take their digestive system for granted… until it goes wrong. How many of us are guilty of gulping down breakfast and out the door faster than their wheels can take them? Or of skipping meals on long rides? If not immediately, down the line, serious gastrointestinal problems can manifest, such as bowel distension, haemorrhoids and even cancer. So before it’s too late, it’s important to care for our alimentary canal—all nine metres of it. Otherwise it might soon grumble a little louder than usual.