June 18, 2013

Water is your lifeblood

During my battle with – and recovery from – throat cancer, I learned a lot about how good nutrition can help keep us healthy.

Water is probably No. 1 on that priority list.

I try to drink 24 to 48 ounces of water to start my day every morning. As a rule of thumb, we’re supposed to drink about half our body weight in water each day. So if you weigh 200 pounds, you should drink 100 ounces of water.

Depending on age and gender, our bodies are anywhere from 45 percent to 75 percent water. Our blood is 82 percent water. The muscles are 75 percent water. The lungs are 90 percent water and the brain 76 percent water.

Thirsty yet?

There’s a great book about the correlation between water and good health called, “You’re Not Sick, You’re Thirsty” by Dr. F. Batmanghelidj. He spent more than two-and-a-half years as a political prisoner in Iran in the late 70s, early 80s and treated thousands of fellow inmates with water to alleviate symptoms of stress-related ulcers.

Since I started drinking more water, I’ve noticed an increase in my energy and overall health. It’s easy to do and doesn’t require a major change in your daily schedule or eating habits.

I encourage everyone from my players to my 9-year-old daughter Kaci to keep themselves hydrated throughout the day – particularly as we head into the heat of summer.

So whenever you get a chance, raise a glass and drink some water.

Improve your health one drop at a time.

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