We are currently in Mariel’s hometown of Ketchum, Idaho for the first part of our summer. The rivers and streams are full and flowing, the Wood river, Trail Creek, Warm springs and the Salmon river to name a few. The lakes at elevations of 7000 ft. plus are pristine and energizing with profound life force. Cold plunges for me are two times a day. Whether just waking up, or just after hiking, biking, running, climbing or training. The ice-cold rivers, and lakes are great for recovery and healing. It’s a big part of the fountain of youth, staying young healthy and strong.
I am happy to say that I am a big time water guy! I am very conscious of drinking water all day. I start out every morning with one liter of water before ingesting anything else. 16 ounces alone, then 16 ounces with added minerals. I do this then wait 45 minutes before eating or drinking anything else. I average between 4 to 6 liters a day. Drinking this much water when waking up is considered water therapy. This water therapy helps relieve many ailments like headaches, high blood pressure and diseases of the eyes, ears, nose and throat. Drinking this much water upon waking will help you feel energized and improve your entire body function.
Your body holds different amounts of water in different parts. Water constantly moves through your cells. Somewhere between 4 to 10 percent of your water gets replaced with fresh water everyday! Our blood is made of approximately 93% water and your muscles are about 73%. Even our body fat is about 10% water. Drinking the right amount of water for you and your lifestyle is important for good health. I am a 10% plus water replacement guy, because of the active lifestyle I live. I jump in it, swim in it, paddle and surf in it. I carry fresh water with me whenever possible which is just 99.9% of the time.
Did you know your body produces 8 to 16 oz. of water per day on average? During a marathon your muscles can produce that much water in 2 or 3 hours. This helps your body protect against dehydration. When you sweat you lose hydration from inside and out. To measure the water you lose when you sweat, weigh yourself before and after one hour of hard exercise with no fluid intake. The change in body weight reflects sweat loss. Roughly a one-pound drop in weight equals to the loss of 16 oz. of sweat. A two-pound drop equal to 32 oz. of sweat. That is why I am hydrating before, during, and after training.
I am sitting on a plane and I am thirsty. This is not a good sign, because now that I am thirsty I am already beyond dehydrated. The actual feeling of thirst comes long after my body has needed water to function best. SO, I’ve got to get a glass of water pronto.
Water is key to our survival… our precious existence. We are made up of at least 70% water so the incredible relationship we have with it is crucial to our well-being. Obesity, general tiredness, headaches, hunger, cloudy thinking, poor skin quality, achy body and a myriad of other serious and seemingly not so serious ailments are due to our lack of hydration. Most people in this country do not realize that when they feel hungry that a glass or two of water is often the solution. A need for water will sometimes be masked as the feeling of hunger.
The obesity problem in America is in line with our population’s lack of water consumption too. Since the 60’s and the boom of soft drinks and other packaged beverages, obesity has risen steadily. (There are many reasons for that. Carbonated beverages make a person hold weight, the use of high fructose corn syrup in them is a source of weight gain, synthetic sweeteners and sugar are also contributors to poor health and being overweight).
People often choose every other liquid besides water when they are thirsty. So many people don’t like to drink water because they say it lacks flavor, or feel that it’s boring. Personally I love water and I love the way GOOD (filtered or pure spring water) water tastes. I feel like it is the only thing that can truly quench my thirst. I know that when I hydrate, especially when I am active that I am helping my body to be in balance and strong. It is not a mistake that all athletes have water with them all the time. Water and physical (even mental) activity work together.
- Calculate the amount of water you should drink based on your weight. Take that number and divide it by 2 plus at least 20 to 30 ounces more, depending on your physical activity. I am 135 lbs. and drink 90 ounces of water a day at least. When I travel I often drink 100 ounces and go to the restroom a lot (isle seat recommended).
- Drink good water. Install a home filter system (or at least a filter for your kitchen sink and your shower and tub). The water that hits your body should be as clean and pure as what goes inside it.
- Make drinking water a morning ritual. We all wake up slightly dehydrated. Drinking water is the best thing we can do when we wake up.
- Water is beautiful inside and out. Know it and see it in your mind’s eye. Watch water help improve your mental well being as well as your physical.
- If you don’t like the taste of water drink it anyway and you will grow to love it.
- Staying hydrated everyday. Water boosts your energy and by staying hydrated it allows you to be more productive in life, perform better at work, train harder and longer during activities.
- Think green! Stop using plastic. Only 20% of our 95 million plastic water bottles are being recycled. Get a water bottle you love. We have both glass bottles and stainless steel bottles we carry with us. If you have a bottle you love, you will more likely to remember to carry it with you.