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Posted by: JD | 2005/03/03

creatine and dehydration? linked?

Im am about to start a course of creatine. Whats the best form to take it in? Monohydrate? And I've heard that creatine causes muscles to absorb and retain water so 10-15 glasses of water should be drank per day. True? More info please...

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JD,

You most certainly do need to increase your water intake due to potential cramping but also due to the increased load that your kidneys have to carry due to the creatine. SO yes, increase you intake.

Conrad Booysen-Biokineticist

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Posted by: Marty | 2005/03/08

When taking creatine, add some glucose to the drink. You can use glucose in pure form or just add some juice which contains glucose.

As for the dehydration, its true. I have battled with cramps while on creatine and also from dehydration. Since creatine causes extra water retention in the muscles, you need to drink more than you would normally. Also watch out that you dont overdo it at the beginning. Creatine is potent but can cause SERIOUS muscle cramps if you overdo it. You will notice an increase in energy when you start taking it, but dont use this extra energy at the beginning. Your muscles will need to adapt to this new found energy and strenght. Once you have trained on creatine for a while, say 2-4 weeks you can now increase your weights in the gym etc.

Best form of creatine, POWDER. Dont buy serums, they are scams.

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