TB12 101: Hydration
WE PROPERLY HYDRATE TO REPLENISH OUR MIND AND BODY.
Our bodies are between 60 and 80 percent water, so hydration is essential to our body’s daily functions. Nothing is as hydrating as water, but water alone isn’t always enough.
We lose many of our body’s natural minerals throughout the day, so it’s essential to replenish them. Electrolytes amplify hydration by helping you fully absorb the water you drink while replenishing the minerals your body needs, especially when you’re working out.
If you think of the body as a car, electrolytes are like motor oil — it doesn’t make the engine run, but it without it, it won’t perform at its peak.
Because hydration is essential for physical and mental wellness, we recommend drinking at least half your body weight in ounces of water each day. This will aid in proper digestion, brain, and muscle function.
Hydration is also directly linked to pliability. Our muscles alone are 75 percent water, so to have pliable muscles they must be hydrated.
Think about the difference between a fresh piece of tenderloin and a dried piece of beef jerky. The tenderloin is healthy and supple, whereas the beef jerky is shriveled and dried out. That beef jerky is what dehydrated muscles look like — you want your muscles to resemble the thick tenderloin.
Going through your day with dry, dehydrated muscles risks decreasing the supply of oxygen in your bloodstream and depriving your muscles and organs of proper nutrients. So go out and drink up, because adequate hydration is not just the foundation for pliability — it’s the foundation for your overall health.
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