When practicing sports, it is necessary to provide the body with the right level of water and mineral salts, which we normally disperse during sports performances. Just think that a 2% drop in water in the human body can lower the level of cognitive and physical performance by more than 30%.
To achieve our daily hydration goal, technology can help us in many ways: there are apps that tell us when to drink so that, throughout the day, we can bring the right amount of fluids to the body. However, there are also high-tech solutions that go much further, because it is important to know how much you have to drink, but even more so when: in fact, the right level of hydration is obtained when drinking at the best time.
Technologies to achieve the right level of hydration
Hardware for identifying the level of hydration
On the same philosophy of practicality and immediacy, wearable devices are also being developed: objects similar to heart rate monitors to be applied to arms and calves provide real-time data on hydration.
App and hydration: when your smartphone tells you when to drink
Intelligent water bottles for the hydration of the future
Athletes are in fact experimenting with so-called smart bottles: by taking advantage of compatibility with an app or smartwatch, these containers can synchronise with fitness trackers and, thanks to the data they have available, they are able to keep track of consumption to recommend the most suitable time to drink. You can also have complete reports that indicate both the progress of hydration and the nutrients we are taking.
Energy drinks - hydration with an extra gear
In an experiment made by Gatorade, a smart bottle had been customised to contain three small cylinders can be inserted at the base of the bottle, which vaporised vitamins, minerals and natural flavours inside the water, reaching up to 45 different types of flavouring.
The addition is very simple: insert the three small cylinders at the base of the bottle, close and click on the button on the container. In a few moments, you can see the aroma appear in the bottle. Further customization is offered by the possibility of individually controlling the delivery of the additions.