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Kids are home and I found out they will be home for the rest of the week thanks to Mother Nature. I am all for being around my kids, but there comes a time when we all need some distance from one another –like this week!
One of the nutrition challenge extra asks last week was to drink .5L for every pound you weigh. Most of us don’t drink enough water – I know I don’t. It’s actually really hard – and I know I need to do better. So let’s all commit to drinking lots of water this week and see how we feel.
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I don’t drink enough water! There I said it, came clean. I just don’t and there is no real good reason for it and I know I should but I don’t. When it gets super hot and I workout, it sometimes really knocks me out for a loop and the signs that I am not drinking enough water come knocking on my door. I usually wake up raring to go, ready to take on whatever workout comes my way. The days when I just don’t feel like I have it in me, I am now realizing, is usually because I didn’t drink enough the day before or my dinner was salty and really dehydrated me.
According to this About.com entry about Headaches and Dehydration – thirst is not usually the first sign of dehydration.
Thirst is not usually the first symptom or the only symptom of dehydration; other symptoms include:
- Dry mouth
- Rapid heartbeat
- Dry, flushed skin
- Muscle cramps, and myofascial pain.
A common sign of dehydration observed in my clinic is extreme muscle pain upon palpation of the muscle tissues. This muscle pain is exhibited upon examination with a positive jump sign. A positive jump sign occurs when a patient reacts strongly to gentle touching of the involved muscles and quickly moves away from the palpating fingers. One of the most common signs of dehydration involves a loss of skin tone or loose, wrinkled skin.
I find that my lips develop a bluish tint, my muscles hurt, I feel fatigued and I get splotchy vision which turns into a headache. It has happened more than a few times now that I can recognize it and make sure I up my intake of the good ole H20 but inevitably, I go back to my habit of not drinking enough the next day or so. I have tried all the tricks — but for some unknown reason, I can’t get it together and drink more! But things will be changing people! I am going to commit to drinking more water- it’s good for the internal and it’s good for the skin.
This morning I was definitely dehydrated. I even hit the snooze this morning but managed to get up after it went off. I should have listened to that internal voice after realizing what the workout of the day was and how thirsty I was. The splotchy vision set in pretty early on into the workout and I was slow!
Toes to Bar
- 50 Wall ball
- 25 Toes-to-bar
- 40 Wall ball
- 20 Toes-to-bar
- 30 Wall ball
- 15 Toes-to-bar
- 20 Wall ball
- 10 Toes-to-bar
- 10 Wall ball
- 5 Toes-to-bar
time: 18:50 14# – it sucked the entire time!
When you skimp on fluids (check out the ideal amount here), it’s hard on your body, which makes sense because water is essential to just about every process in our body and, in fact, to the very existence of life on Earth. Life first emerged in the salty, primordial ocean; it stayed there until it was able to capture a bit of that water inside itself, the so-called “milieu intérieur” in which cells are bathed. Our inner ocean is a calm, salty broth providing cells with the raw materials they need to function, removing waste products, allowing them to communicate with each other and buffering them from the unpredictable world outside.
This water within accounts for about 60 percent of our body — about 11 gallons, or 92 pounds, inside a 155-pound person. Most of it lurks inside our cells (where all sorts of important substances are dissolved in water) and outside them (the milieu interieur), but we also use it to cool our body with sweat, to circulate oxygen and fuel to our organs and to take away waste products via blood. The elderly, infants and sick children are most prone to dehydration, but no one is risk-free. “lf you’re really busy, it’s easy for all morning to go by and you don’t really drink much until you notice you are thirsty, at which point you’re already slightly dehydrated,” says Cheuvront. And when we exercise hard, such as playing soccer or football or running distances in the summer, and forget to hydrate, we can easily lose 4 to 5 percent of our body weight (take a look at the best after-workout drinks here).
If you have a choice between soda and natural coconut water — Natural Coconut Water is it! It is expensive but if you like it and can afford it — it’s a heck of a lot better than Gatorade!
Coconut water is all the rage these days. For the record, real coconut water is the clear juice stored inside young, green coconuts. It has long been a popular drink in the tropics. I understand that the U.S. market has grown from near zero five years ago to $50 million today, which suggests that some very clever marketing has been at work. In addition to being promoted as a sports drink, coconut water has been touted as a hangover recovery, an immune system booster and natural protection against cancer. I’ve seen no convincing research supporting any of these claims.
The defensible selling points for coconut water are that it is cholesterol-free, low in calories, and rich in potassium, providing 569 mg in a typical serving, almost twice the amount in a banana. Ads say that you lose potassium when you exercise strenuously and must replace it. In fact, you lose more sodium than potassium while sweating your way through a vigorous workout, and you can replace both of those minerals by eating some fruits or vegetables after your workout. I don’t believe that there’s a proven need for any kind of sports drinks after working out, but I do recommend drinking lots of water when you exercise strenuously – more than you think you need.
I don’t see any great advantage to coconut water other than the fact that it is natural (although I’ve read that sugar is added to some brands) and doesn’t have the additives found in some sports drinks. However, it is expensive – $2 to $3 for 11 ounces. And it is also an acquired taste. Obviously, coconut water wouldn’t be selling as well as it is if some people didn’t love it, although some individuals may be drinking it solely because they think it is good for them. Some describe the taste as metallic. When I’m in the tropics, I enjoy drinking the water from whole coconuts. To me, the packaged stuff sold here does not taste nearly as fresh or delicious.