One of the challenges you experience as a belly dancer when practicing intensively or performing on stage is that you develop a lot of sweat. By drinking a sufficient amount of water before you dance, you can make sure that you don’t lose your concentration and energy due to dehydration.
Scientific research has shown that 35 fl. oz. (or 1 l) of water lost during physical work reduce the body’s ability to perform hard work by 15 % and that more sports competitions are lost due to dehydration than due to nutritional deficits.
Since the body can only absorb small amounts of liquid from the stomach during physical training (about 2 to 4 cups or ½ l to 1 l per hour), it is necessary to drink a minimum of 2 cups (or ½ l) of water before starting to dance.
Drink only pure water.
Try to avoid sodas and soft drinks or commercial sport drinks because they contain too much sodium, sugar and phosphates. When processing these, your body binds additional water in the stomach thereby preventing you from achieving the hydrating effect you aspired.
If you wish to experience enhanced results, the following simple and effective homemade sport drink will be right for you.
Ariana’s Energy Drink Recipe
1 cup of water
2 tablespoons freshly squeezed orange juice
1 teaspoon freshly squeezed lemon or lime juice
1 pinch of sea salt
For best results I recommend that you drink 2 cups (½ l) 15 minutes prior to dancing, 2 to 4 cups (½ l to 1 l) per hour of dancing and 2 cups (½ l) after dancing.