In this on going series of posts that cover nutrition and diet for college athletes we have talked already about how well athletes actually eat (or at least think they do), and of the critical importance of fueling up with a big breakfast.Today we are going to dive into something that is even more important, not only for high performance on the field and in the field, but in terms of, like, living.And that is the topic of water....more
At some point in my twenties, I learned that my urine should always be really light yellow - never dark. I vividly remember reading that but can't recall where. For some reason, out of all the health advise I've collected (and forgotten) over the years, that piece has stayed with me: If the color is too dark, you need to drink more water. ...more
What is the number one mistake? Not Drinking Enough Water!Water – it's all around us. We see it in rivers and oceans, it flows freely from our faucets, it purges into our basements during violent storms. We've always heard how pivotal it is to our overall health and yet somehow most of us fail to get our required daily intake. About 70% of our bodies is water and it is involved in so many essential body functions including flushing waste materials in the body, metabolism, body temperature and digestion....more
We are made up of 60% of it and it is essential to every cell in our body. We use it to cool our body with sweat, to circulate oxygen and fuel to our organs, and eliminate waste products via blood. Drinking more water is the simplest task we can do to improve our health. Did you know that the most common cause of mid afternoon fatigue is actually caused by mild dehydration?
I a currently obsessing over infused water! Hydration is a real problem for me, as it is for many in the summer. I look for creative ways to flavor my water because I don't really like the taste and I do not want to drink anything artificial. ...more
If you are a runner, you can mark the change of season by whether you map your run from drinking fountain to drinking fountain or whether you are destined to carry your own water. This weekend, I found myself on a seven mile run and every public drinking fountain had been turned off for the winter. I had hoped that I had at least another week. I was saved by the cool weather and the light rain that kept me hydrated enough to complete my training run. It evoked one of the marathon essential training secrets: train your body to adjust to changing conditions and th...more
Something for which we all strive yet so few achieve and even fewer keep: a good skin care regimen. Oh yes, there are times we look in the mirror and think "Wow! Not a blemish!" or "Eek, not now!" The second, of course, always happens before a big event or special intimate dinner, whereas the first may come on any given day, giving us a reason to smile and a more confident bounce in our step....more