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Alternative medicine advice on hydration from a yoga instructor

Disclaimer: I am not a professional of any kind in this or any related field. I am not in fantastic shape, either. All I can really say for my cred is that I exercise regularly and I've completed a ...
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Water in protein shakes doesn't count?

Your body will extract the water just fine. Water intake recommendations have varied wildly over the years with very little real evidence to back it up. The common recommendations was 8 cups or 2 ...
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Benefits on running completely soaked?

Cooling of the body largely happens via evaporation of water, whether it's the water in your sweat or an external source. There's an additional cooling that happens when doused with water in that some ...
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Creatine and water retention. Why to drink more water?

Creating draws more water into your muscle cells, which helps to increase muscle bulk and also increase protein synthesis (1)(2), although the total amount of water involved is relatively small. It ...
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How to reduce fatigue after office?

You’d be amazed how much more productive and energized you feel after starting a strength and cardio training regimen. As you’re just starting out, developing consistency is far more important than ...
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Does drinking water during a workout really help me?

There is no doubt that hypohydration negatively affects performance, both independently of thirst and independently of knowledge of our hydration status. Recent blind studies (here, here, here, and ...
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What can I drink all day in lieu of water?

Perhaps a part of the problem is that you drink because you're bored, rather than thirsty. It may be worth trying to break that habit of consuming things for stimulation. To make your water more ...
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Drinking water too close to bed time

This might get closed for being offtopic, but personally I disagree. Additionally, I don't think this is opinion-based at all, and that people who think that's the case are ignoring the medical ...
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8 hours continous sleep but thirsty, or good hydration but sleep interrupted?

You are correct that both sleep and hydration are very important, especially for a training athlete. Many professional triathletes sleep 9-11 hours/night, in addition to a nap during the day. You ...
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Dealing with hydration for working out in the evening

I would just drink less during the workout. If you don't feel like to need to drink 1.5L of water during the workout but are forcing yourself to do so anyway, then the solution is easy - just stop ...
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What does it mean to 'condition the body'?

Conditioning exercises attempt to increase athletic ability and capacity, but may also help reduce the likelihood of injury. Suppose you're a marathon runner, you don't just run marathons to train. ...
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Benefits on running completely soaked?

If I'm running in a hot race then I'll dump a glass of water over the back of my head (targetting the area just where my neck meets my head). Why? I want to reduce the risk of heat stroke and other ...
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Benefits on running completely soaked?

Agreed with Sean on weight increase due to the water and possible chaffing.There is a good reason why our bodies sweat. Its a cooling mechanism. You should be more worried about keeping your self ...
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Isotonic water in the morning?

Isotonic drinks really have nothing to do with your metabolism or immune system. It's just water with solutes in it. As you noted above, salt and sugar are the two most common. The salt helps you ...
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What does it mean to 'condition the body'?

"Conditioning" in this context means "preparing" or "getting used to". Here, it's used as to describe treading water as a general physical preparedness (GPP) exercise. In many other fitness contexts, ...
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Drinking water too close to bed time

You should be hydrating all day long. This will help your body get the hydration it needs to repair your body after a work out. Drinking a lot a mere hour before working out does almost nothing; it's ...
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What is a DEXA reading?

DEXA stands for dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry. Apparently it is often abbreviated as "DXA" these days, for reasons I'm not sure about. The technique consists of taking an X-ray image of the body at ...
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taking creatine in line with take a diureic

LiveStrong.com states that Diuretics are drugs formulated to remove excess water from your bloodstream to ease the pressure against the walls of your veins. Creatine also redirects fluids into the ...
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Alternative medicine advice on hydration from a yoga instructor

What your instructor is saying is quackery. However, why not make her happy? You might not need to drink water during the class. I think there is a bit of paranoia about hydrating that says you ...
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Alternative medicine advice on hydration from a yoga instructor

In yoga meta-physiology, burping is controlled by a specific prana, one of five major ones. An excess of burping would be considered an imbalance of the prana controlling that specific bodily function....
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Alternative medicine advice on hydration from a yoga instructor

Anytime someone quotes Ayurvedic alternative medicine, it should instantly raise your spider sense. There are yoga instructors that have a good grounding science/reality but there are also plenty that ...
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What's a normal amount/rate of water loss during exercise

This depends on many factors. Some of these factors are individual (e.g. heat-adapted and larger individuals can on average sweat more). Some of these factors are environmental (e.g. sweating more ...
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What happens to water retention in caloric deficit

Everything you've stated is correct. The missing variables are timing, duration, and intensity of the effect. When eating in a caloric deficit, glycogen will deplete a little. Remaining in a deficit ...
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Physical routine after having plenty of water

As in the answer here. It does not hurt you to drink water before physical activity. In the short term, it can cause muscle cramps because all that water moves around. It can also sound weird because ...
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Minimum water temperature for swimming workout

It depends on your body and acclimation. I had a friend who was an excellent swimmer who died after being stranded in Lake Michigan when it was 45F. I was at a 1 and 2 mile race once where the water ...
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Drinking how much water is considered too much water?

It's easy to check if you have diabetes or not, just do a blood test, but 110 oz = 3.25 liters and that's a normal amount of water. Unless you have heart failure or a severely compromised kidney ...
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Water intake; an optimal balance between water and oxygen for endurance sports

According to most mountaineering training books (mountaineering is my discipline and it's among the most endurance-intense ones in my opinion), you should drink before getting any thirsty. Quote from ...
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Can drinking too much water lead to looking bloated?

Yes you can retain water, but since you are exercising 5+ days a week you need that water to help you hydrate and will not retain much of it at all. When you exercise, you force the veins to carry ...
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