Water Above All
You work your ass off daily at the ballpark and the gym, but are you leaving out the most important parts? Nutrition, can make or break you as an athlete or as a human being in general. Today I am only going to talk about good old H20, down the line we will get into some other topics. Let’s get some perspective on water really quick.. Nearly 71% of the earths surface is covered in water and around 96% of the water on earth makes up our oceans. Water is the essence of life on earth. As a human, if you do not drink water for 3-5 days you could die. There have been cases where people have survived longer than 5 days without water, but these are extreme rare cases. Water is essential to life. In the USA clean water is readily available at the turn of a handle or knob, but not everyone takes advantage of it. Let’s look at some of the things that water can do for you. Your brain is made up of millions of neurons. These neurons use electrical synapses in order to pass signals and messages throughout the body. Well hydrated cells allows for a better connection and can also prevent headaches. Your mood and energy can improve when hydrated. Drinking water consistently can give you better healthier skin and complexion, allows toxins to be flushed out of your body, and helps to maintain regularity among your organ systems. Water can also prevent cramping and even sprains. Drinking water consistently throughout the day and with all your meals promotes weight loss and healthy digestion. While this is just a glance at some of the things water can do for or does for you.. the list goes on and on.. As an athlete water can dictate your performance without you even knowing. You want everything running at its best so drink more water! Even though water is a key component it is just one element of maintaining a healthy life style.
But How Much Should I Drink?
A good place to start is drinking about 1/2ounce of water per pound that you weigh per day. The more physical activity you participate in (moderate to rigorous activity) the more you will have to drink. In extreme heat during the summer you have to continually drink to stay hydrated but you also need to get other nutrients that you lose when you sweat profusely. Dehydration, heat stroke, and heat exhaustion are no joke. While suffering from any of these things an icy glass of water sounds like the best thing for you, but room temp water will be best for you to recover. Caffeine can easily dehydrate you so enjoy your morning caffeine but drink more water! Stay hydrated!