- DRINK ONLY WATER!
Any argument against water is purely marketing hype. Water is the only liquid your body really needs ever. Humans are designed to drink water, it is pure, your body weight is composed of mostly water, it is what keeps you alive, and surrounds your cells. An interesting correlation between humans and the earth can be made with regard to water content: Almost 70% of the earth is covered in water likewise our bodies are composed of about 70% water. Also, our blood contains roughly the same salt content as the ocean namely about one-third. Water keeps you hydrated without any calories, all the bottled liquids that we see were not around hundreds of years ago. Drinking only water is the best way to cut excess calories out of your diet.
Now the question is how much a day is sufficient? I suggest to follow the guidelines in Dr Batmanghelidj’s book “Our Bodies Many Cries for Water”. In it, he states that humans should be drinking the equivalent of half of their bodyweight in ounces of water daily. For example, a 200-pound man would have to drink 100 ounces of water a day. If you find this difficult to do, remember this is all just habit that must change!
For your information, Americans today drink twice as much soda as milk, and nearly twice as much soda as fruit juice. The adverse health effects from displacing water with soda or processed juices, or coffee include:
· Tooth Decay
· Sugar addiction
· Caffeine addiction
· Insulin Resistance
· Increased chances of osteoperosis
· Increased severity of kidney stones
· Attention deficit disorder
Yes there are plenty of other drinking options available, however, the number one staple of your liquid intake must be water if you are to be successful in the gym.