Waterlogged: The Serious Problem of Overhydration in Endurance Sports is the latest book by Tim Noakes, Professor of Exercise and Sports Science at the Sports Science Institute of South Africa.
Krista Scott-Dixon, who runs the Stumptuous website, interviewed Noakes about the issue of hyponatremia, which is the topic of the book. Scott-Dixon and Noakes discussed the history of the ‘hydration industry’ which perpetuated the idea that athletes needed to be drinking large quantities of fluid as they exercised. Noakes explained why the science behind this idea isn’t sound and what the implications are for South African sports science. Scott-Dixon also wrote an article about overhydration and Noakes’ ideas around it.
- Not playing? Listen at Stumptuous
“Drink lots of water if you want to lose fat!”
“If you’re thirsty, you’re already dehydrated!”
Sound familiar? Sure, of course. If you’re into running and other endurance sports, you might even own one of those bandolier-style fuel belts, like this:
Lava Magazine has published an excerpt from Waterlogged, including the foreword by Amby Burfoot (former editor of Runner’s World), and an interview with Noakes by Jennifer Ward Barber:
Tim Noakes doesn’t do anything halfheartedly. In his youth, he ran marathons and ultramarathons and had many finishes in South Africa’s two most famous races: the 36-mile Two Oceans and the 54-mile Comrades ultramarathons. Years later, when he turned to book writing, Noakes, a physician thoroughly versed in all aspects of running and exercise physiology, produced the astonishing Lore of Running, which is certain to remain the definitive evidence-based running book for decades to come. Running—it’s a simple subject, but one worthy of deep exploration in the hands of a curious and inexhaustible mind.
LAVA: What inspired you to write this book?
TIM NOAKES: I wanted to place the truth on record and to prevent any further unnecessary deaths. I had a moral obligation as I was the first in the world to describe the condition.
What role has the marketing of sports drinks played in the rise of exercise-associated hyponatremia (EAH) over the past three decades?
Without the marketing of sports drinks the condition would not ever have happened. The rise in the number of EAH cases after 1981 and in the growth of the sports drink industry are linked in time and by plausible mechanisms (of causation).
- Waterlogged: The Serious Problem of Overhydration in Endurance Sports by Tim Noakes
Find this book with BOOK Finder!