I know, I know… you’ve got deadlines and bills and relatives, and you have to take the car in for repair, and you’ve simply got no time to take care of yourself. But if you slow it down and relax, all that changes. This is important because your nervous system is responsible for how your body’s self-repair mechanisms work. Stress raises your heart rate and blood pressure, releases the “stress hormones” adrenalin and cortisol, and weakens immunity—exactly what you don’t want. When you’re relaxed, you have higher levels of the growth hormone that repairs cells and tissue. This is key when you are working on building muscle.
Do whatever works for you to relieve stress, whether it’s meditation, gardening, exercising, or singing in the shower!
Water is also essential for well-balanced blood composition and proper functioning of your brain, respiratory, and muscular systems. When you are dehydrated, your body’s ability to repair itself is weakened. And I’m not talking about the kind of dehydration that a person feels walking around in the desert without water, but rather a continuous daily practice of not enough hydration – just not drinking enough water in your everyday life!
The rule of thumb is to drink half your body weight in ounces. For example, if you weigh 150 pounds, you’ll want to drink 75 ounces of water a day. I weigh 125 and drink 67 ounces (2 liters) of water a day, which is a little more than suggested. My friend Ned, on the other hand, drinks much less than half of his body weight/ounces per day. So while I believe everybody is different, I think this is a pretty good rule of thumb to keep in mind.
Best of Health,