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Water is needed for every single metabolic process, including protein synthesis. So if your training intensity is high, one of the simplest things you can do for your body is to drink more water.

It's so simple, yet so often ignored. About 70% of the earth is covered in water, the same as the amount found in your body. Water is needed for every single metabolic process, including protein synthesis. So if your training intensity is high, one of the simplest things you can do for your body is to drink more water.

Protein Synthesis
Water increases protein synthesis, which is muscle growth. The more efficient you can make this process the more efficiently you can build muscle.

  • You aren't getting enough
    Soda and coffees don't count. In fact, though they are liquid beverages, the caffeine in both can increase fluid loss through diuresis. When this happens, the body begins storing water. Conventional wisdom tells you 6-8 glasses of water is not enough per day. Since you're not average, you need more than the average amount. Aim for at least a half-gallon to a gallon per day, depending on your size, activity level, etc.

  • Water rids the body of toxins
    Water flushes out toxins and other metabolic waste products from the body. Water is especially important when following a "high protein" diet, as it helps remove excess nitrogen, urea (a toxic substance), and ketones. If you're eating large amount of food to gain weight, then you need even more water to help your kidneys do their work.

  • Water helps metabolize fat
    Without enough water, the kidneys can't function properly. When this happens, some of the load is transferred to the liver. The liver metabolizes stored fat for energy. If the liver is doing some of the kidneys' work, it burns less fat. In addition, water can actually reduce feelings of hunger.

 

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