…continued – Water
Water is an essential part of life and a very integral part of building muscle. After all, your body is 2/3’s water and your muscles are approximately 70% water. It’s the most abundant element in your body. Nutrient digestion, transport, and absorption is dependent on proper fluid intake. Water effects cellular nutrient uptake and circulation. Water is critical for flushing toxins from the body. Every physiological activity is negatively effected when hydration is compromised.
Water also helps properly regulate body temperature and is responsible for the utilization of all the water-soluble vitamins your body needs to survive.
Water is essential, cheap, and can have a very big impact on how well your body is able to build muscle
Water helps prevent injuries while training by cushioning joints and other critical soft tissue areas. I can’t stress enough the importance of drinking abundant amounts of clear, clean water.
And one important thing about water is that it’s non-caloric. You can drink as much as you want and it will not add to your caloric intake. It will not make you fat. There is no downside to water so drink it in abundance.
I highly recommend drinking at least 1 gallon of pure water every day.
It’s not as difficult to drink a gallon a day as you may think. People have different ways of doing this. Here are a few tips:
- Keep a quart of bottled water at all the places you spend most of your time
- In your car
- At your desk at work
- Carry one with you when you train
- Even on your night table
This allows you to have continual access to water all the time and you can drink continually throughout the entire day and even night.
I actually keep a Brita filtering pitcher at my desk that allows me to have filtered water at arms reach all day long. I know I need to empty this pitcher each day and this allows me to visually see where I’m at any point during the day. You can get these at Walmart and I would certainly recommend getting one for both at home and work.