FRIYAY!!!!! Good evening to you all! I am super excited for this weekend! Why you may ask? Well for one the weather here in Austin is going to be mid to high 80’s, and tomorrow is maxim dead lift day at Dane’s Body Shop! Y’all, deadlift is my second favorite behind back squat. I have a love hate relationship with deadlift, but that’s a topic for a different day! I want to first discuss the importance of hydration.
The first thing I do every morning when I wake is drink 40 ounces of room temperature water and lime. Yes, 40 ounces my friends, and that is because I am constantly on the go every morning walking my puppy for an hour. Of course I run to the bathroom before and after our morning stroll, but I also wake up my body without a stimulant such as coffee.
Life is busy with children, work, school, etc., but your mind and body crave hydration. Coffee acts as a suppressant and a stimulant. If it is the first thing entering the body each morning, it shocks the nervous system with mini jolts of lightning and screams, “I am here, person! Get moving, and in a few hours you’ll need another cup of me!” The body craves the attention of coffee or caffeinated beverages. Why? Well one reason is sugar, another could potentially be it’s a habit and a third reason is because that’s what the body is used to shocking it every single day! But what about the most essential part of life you forgot to quench your thirst? It’s still waiting to be guzzled down and consumed!
Water makes up approximately 70% of the human body, and we can drink about 3 gallons per day if truly needed. Throughout the course of your day, how much water are you drinking? Think about it, and be honest with yourself. I personally drink 1.5-2 gallons of water per day. Mainly because I am on the go working someone out or myself, and I rely on water to supply me with energy. The average human is said to consume about 8 glasses of water a day, but I always hear folks say they only drank 2-3 cups per day. They’d rather drink soda, tea, coffee or a sports drink to satisfy their needs. However, caffeine (and sugar) act as diuretics causing water to leave the body and not be replenished. That’s a huge red flag!!
Not only do stimulants drain the body of water, they tend to make you crash during the day. Water is your friend, and it naturally provides you and your body with energy. You won’t have that 2:30p.m. feeling of falling asleep, but if you do while consuming enough water then you need to check your food; too much sugar will make you easily crash and burn. It is why I always add a lemon or lime for extra flavor and 0 sugar!
If you’re looking for suggestions on how much water to consume, check with your physician or nutritionist. I personally believe in drinking a gallon or more a day, because it not only keeps me awake and energized but it provides me with the following healthy benefits:
- Suppresses my hunger for sugary foods or carbs
- Keeps my blood pressure and my blood sugars low
- Refreshes my skin and reduces the amount of acne
- Performance at the gym rarely lacks when I consume a gallon of water throughout the day
- Lessens the likelihood of losing nutrients and minerals that are essential for my body’s well-being
Of course there are plenty of benefits to consuming water throughout your day, and I encourage you to look up the differences between water and caffeinated/decaffeinated beverages. Below are helpful hints from ACE® to remember when consuming water.
- Drink 10-20 ounces 2 hours before you workout
- Drink 7-10 ounces every 10 minutes during the workout
- Drink 16-24 ounces every hour you worked out
Questions? Comments? Concerns? Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or text me at 267-280-7458. I’d love to help you with staying hydrated! We always need a drinking buddy 🙂