When I was a young lad growing up, part of it being Sunday meant "wake up early in the morning".
No rest for the wicked, hehe.
This time though it was for what I didnt like then, but later realized it was a good thing i.e. to play tennis (I still preferred swimming, but tennis, especially on different courts, clay, cement etc - great!) .
I used to play with my Dad on Sunday mornings and train with a coach (a not quite so committed coach) on weekday evenings.
Those were the days where I'd guzzle water like nobody's business.
It was a running joke that if the old flask in the house was empty, Rahul's done it. Hehe.
I'm the same with beer these days!
I still guzzle a lot of water - and green tea.
But I do it differently.
Back in the day, I'd guzzle tons of water WITH meals.
I'd drink a ton of water WHILE working out.
"Wash down the meal".
The above two habits might not sound wrong, no?
At least, so I thought ...
When I met my wife, I remember her telling me not to do this - especially #1.
Years later, I found out she was right i.e. it had been messing my digestion up all along, and was partly to contribute, along with my lack of physical activity/prowress, of course, to my IBS and such which I've had for a long time (no more though).
Thing is, many people could use a tutorial or two on WHEN and how much to guzzle - water.
No coke, no soda, no Diet coke - all of that is fit for car engines. Literally, they've done studies showing how these beverages CORRODE car engines - the insides - think about what they can do to yours.
Green tea is great but sometimes, and often times, good old H20 is what is needed, and a lot of it.
I often have a bottle with me while I'm writing. I'm always SIPPING it, not drinking it all at once, but I keep drinking from it regularly.
When working out though, I got myself to the point, and I said this in the KIddie Fitness video today as my daughter headed straight for the water bottle after a round of sprints - that I can literally work out hard and heavy for hours, and not drink a sip of water.
Then I Come home, and I drink - a whole bottle of it!
When I wake up in the morning, my first activity is to - you got it.
Drink two liters of water, no matter what.
Hot, cold, full, not full, I drink it anyway.
And before meals, and after, and during?
During - NO.
After? I wait at least an hour, this allows the digestive juices to start working and digest the food as opposed to diluting them with water. Maybe if all I've had is fruits, I'll sip some water - but not a lot - right afterwards, but I try not to.
The right time to drink water is one hour BEFORE a meal, and two hours after.
I'm not quite that extreme, but you get the pint - ah, point.
Best to avoid pints too during meals for the most part, unless it's Guiness or something which has nutritional value by itself.
Did I just turn the book upside down in terms of when to drink water, how much, etc?
I bet I did. Hehe.
Most can't do without drinking a ton of water during their meals, for one.
But it's a bad habit, one best avoided.
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