Water is life! Everyone knows that water is essential to living. We've all heard that the recommended amount of water to drink per day is eight 8 oz glasses. We learned in health class that our bodies can only go approximately 3 days or 72 hours without it. It's nothing new that water is extremely important to sustain us, right down to the cellular level. Over the years, I've learned a few important things about water that I want to share.
I have been an athlete my whole life and attempting to get enough water in my system was tricky. I most certainly have tried many different methods. It wasn't until massage school that I discovered the most effective way for me to get the most water the most efficiently. I discovered that timing is everything. The body digests water in about 10-15 minutes, on an empty stomach. It takes longer when food is present. This means that the muscles, cells and blood stream receive nutrients, oxygen and minerals much faster. Not to mention, that the digestive system gets a kick start, the cells feel alive and the mind is awakened. Here is my routine. In the morning, when I get up I drink 20-32 oz,or a large quart mason jar, of water. I do this first, before juice, smoothy, or food. In the evening, before dinner and on an empty stomach I drink the same, one quart mason jar of water. Throughout the day, I drink water as needed, especially if I am running. I find that this method allows my body to be more hydrated when I do run. Instead of drinking what I need right before I run, I drink 30 minutes to 1 hour before, to allow for it to be absorbed.
We need water to survive! Consuming water at the right time can be very beneficial and keep us hydrated, moving and feeling our best.
Thank you for reading my blog! I hope you found it interesting. Stay tuned for up-coming blogs. My next one will be about my adventure to the Bellingham Trail Marathon. This is my rookie marathon, so it should be a good story.
Sources and Recommended Reading
Raw Power! Building Strength and Muscle Naturally, Steve Arlin, Maul Brother's Publishing, 1998
Blatant Raw Foodist Propaganda!, Joe Alexander, Blue Dolphin Press, INC. 1990
Your Body's Many Cries for Water, Dr. F. Batmangheldj