We have all heard the advice of “drink more water”; but how much is enough? Tom Brady has some thoughts to consider …
“How to Achieve a Lifetime of Sustained Peak Performance”
According to fitness fanatic, Tom Brady in his book “The TB12 Method,”
“As is well known, our bodies are made up of anywhere from 60 to 80 percent water, and our muscles alone are 75 percent water. Water aids in brain function; ensures healthy metabolism, digestion, and kidney function; helps circulate oxygen into the bloodstream; lubricates joints; and ensures proper muscle function.”
“If we don’t drink enough water, we risk decreasing the supply of oxygen in our bloodstream and depriving our muscles and organs of the proper nutrients. That means we build up more toxins in our cells, tissues, and organs. Our metabolism slows down, which makes us more vulnerable to infection and inflammation. For athletes especially, drinking enough water decreases joint pain by softening and hydrating cartilage and increasing how much water gets absorbed.”
How Much To Drink?
Brady says, “On any given day, I easily drink more than 150 ounces of water with TB12 Electrolytes, and on active days I drink close to twice that. To help you visualize, a can of soda or a normal bottle of water is twelve ounces. I drink the equivalent of twelve to twenty-five of those every day, and always with TB12 Electrolytes. Basically you’ll never see me without a bottle of water in my hand, and I add electrolytes to virtually everything I drink—and that’s been true for the past twelve years. Otherwise I feel like I’m doing myself a disservice.
“For anyone who exercises regularly and who’s committed to sustained peak performance, the rule of thumb at TB12 is simple: Drink at least one-half of your body weight in ounces of water every day. That’s the minimum. Ideally, you’ll drink more than that, and with added electrolytes, too. This makes sense, considering the composition of our bodies.”
According to the NFL quarterback, “Today I rarely get fatigued, I never get headaches, and I never cramp. I credit this to the amount of water and electrolytes I drink.”
For me, one of the keys to know if I have been drinking enough during hot days on the tennis court, is the color of urine. The more “golden” it is, the more I need to drink more water.
After my near heat stroke at one of the January tournaments, I have become an advocate of drinking more before, during and after matches.
How about you, what is your water policy?
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