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How important is Drinking water for muscle building?

Mar 21, 2008
The colorless, odorless, and practically tasteless water is nature's wonder liquid with high solvent properties. It is the medium in which all energy reactions take place and has multiple functions in the human body. Inspite of this, it continues to remain obscure in the minds of many who do not recognize water as a vital nutrient for the human body.

Drinking sufficient amount of water has multiple benefits which include - boosting your energy levels, and reducing the frequency of episodes of headaches and dizziness; facilitating proper digestion; flushing away toxins and waste products from the body and even aids in weight loss. Drinking water also wards-off viral infections or infections of the urinary tract, respiratory system, etc.

Exercising increases the basal metabolic rate of the body and therefore, wastes and toxins are produced more rapidly. Drinking adequate amount of water at regular intervals helps to flush out these wastes and toxins from the body which if allowed to accumulate, can lead to aches, pains and make you feel stressed out.

Maintaining the correct water balance is a very crucial aspect of body building. When creatine is taken as an exercise supplement (most body builders because it assists in the growth of lean-muscle mass after a workout), then the muscles tissues become saturated with a lot of intracellular water because creatine tends to absorb too much of water. Therefore, body builders need to take ample water to keep their muscles adequately hydrated.

When you are working out to build your muscles, you tend to sweat heavily, losing both water and electrolytes in the process. Electrolytes not only function as transmitters of information to our brains in the form of nerve impulses, but are also very vital for proper muscular functioning. Therefore, if you want to maintain your muscles in the most optimum state, then you must maintain your body in a state of perfect electrolytic balance. For this, your body needs ample supply of water.

If you are asked not to consume water while you are working out at the gym, then never follow this advice. Remember that if you ever workout when your body is dehydrated, then you are subjecting your joints to a high risk of injury. So, remember to keep your body well hydrated in order to maintain ample synovial fluid around your joints to prevent wear and tear of your joints during a workout.

If you feel your feet and hands going cold or if you get a fainting sensation during your workout, then remember that this could be because your body is extremely dehydrated. Immediately get a water bottle for yourself and start sipping water very slowly at first, wait for sometime and gradually increase the water intake. Continue with your workout (after a brief gap) only if you feel all right.

Ideally, body builders must take at least 2 cups of water two to three hours before exercise and 1 cup of water immediately before exercise; one cup of water for every 15 minutes of the exercise session; and 2 to 3 cups of water within two hours after exercise, and continue taking fluids for 3 to 4 hours even after the workout. Remember that if you are working out in a hot climate, your water loss due to perspiration will be much higher than when you are working out in a comparatively milder climate.
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