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Water, Water,Water yes, an article on drinking water!

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a great article on the benfits of drinking waterPeople often underestimate the power of drinking water and staying hydrated. I know I did. In January, 2012 I started a new career as a flight attendant. In a plane, at altitude, there is only about 10% of moisture in the air. That is 5% less moisture than the Sahara Desert! My skin was always dry and I was always thirsty. Only then did I realize how important drinking enough water truly was. I went from drinking water only when I was thirsty, to drinking about a gallon a day.

Each morning I wake up and drink at least sixteen ounces of water on an empty stomach. I do this before I eat and before I hit the gym to jump start my metabolism for the day. It also helps me wake up and suppress my hunger before my cardiovascular workout. During and after a workout, I make sure to drink at least one 32 ounce bottle full of water to replenish what I sweat out. In addition, I make it a habit to drink at least 8 ounces (one glass) of water before every meal because it will fill me up and prevent me from over eating. The real trouble comes throughout the rest of the day. It is hard for me to remember to drink water when I am on the go, so I carry a 32 ounce Nalgene bottle with me. I sip on throughout the day when I feel hungry, bored, or tired to prevent unnecessary snacking.

Now that my body has become accustomed to being hydrated, I have begun to recognize its signs of thirst: hang nails, dry skin, fatigue, headaches, yellow pee and muscle cramps. I know I am really thirsty when I crave sweets, especially ice cream. I am not sure how that works but when I find myself with cravings like this, I drink some water first before indulging. Many people experience similar symptoms, maybe not the ice cream one but that being said, it is very important to listen to your body.

Staying hydrated has many benefits! Water plays crucial role in the fitness world, especially in the muscle building process. It keeps muscles and joints lubricated to prevent injury. As I mentioned earlier, it helps speed up your metabolism and promotes normal bowel and kidney function. In addition, when you drink enough water on a regular basis, your extra water weight will be lessened. Water is a natural headache remedy and will help fight against illness by improving your immune system. Furthermore, drinking enough water keeps your skin looking young and healthy.

Molly also wrote our post on Muay Thai kickboxing.
Be sure to check it out!

Who doesn’t want to look and feel young and healthy?! If that isn’t motivation to start drinking more water, I don’t know what is! Don’t wait until you are thirsty because then it is too late! Start getting hydrated now! Trade your coffee or juice for water in the morning and your soda for water at lunch. It may seem hard at first but even the baby steps will make a difference! Surprisingly, if you just try to drink one glass of water before each meal, you will have taken a great step towards living a healthier lifestyle and becoming a better you.

Be well!

Read Molly’s article on Muay Thai here.

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