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Nathan and Iain hanging out during our DMMA Martial Arts Summer Camp. Great energy always and fun to be around. Off to lunch at Starr Burger.
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Having a Martial Art Lifestyle
Martial Arts and Drinking Water
When thinking about a healthy lifestyle of a martial artist, drinking water comes into mind. Drinking water allows us to be hydrated (“to absorb water”) and hydration supports positive physical, mental and emotional fitness. 

When we have temperatures that range above 34º we talk a lot about drinking water, but water is important in all seasons. Many people demonstrate signs of deteriorated health in all seasons do to dehydration…especially children. Consider these…
  •  Tired or sleepy
  •  Headache
  •  Dizziness
  •  Low blood pressure
  •  Rapid heart rate
  •  Fever
  •  Lethargy, confusion, or coma
  •  Seizure
  •  Shock
Water has several functions including regulation of body temperature, transportation of nutrients, removal of waste products, and maintain organic functioning. If we don’t drink sufficient water, our health deteriorates and can be seen in poor sleep patterns, negative behaviour, headaches, difficulty in physical activity, digestion problems, and feelings of nausea and dizziness.

The question to ask is…how much should I be drinking?
During the course of the day we should be drinking around 125 to 250 ml per hour after we awake of positive water-based drinks (more on this shortly). Depending on the activity we are taking, and if we are outdoors or under the sun, this amount will vary. Often, we will increase this amount prior to a workout and more after the workout. 

Although the math is not exact, three bottles of water a day or 2400 ml goes a long way.

Source of Water and Green Tea
Now, plain water is the best but its not the only source of water. I like to refer to water sources as positive and negative. We want to, in most circumstances, get our water from positive sources. An example of a negative source is sugar-oriented drinks, soda-based products and carbonated beverages. We want to reduce the amount of these we drink (or eliminate them if you can). 

Chinese Martial Artists traditionally would drink green tea before and after training. Not only did they get the benefits of drinking water but also the powerful effects of the tea itself including the consumption of bio-active compounds, the amino acid L-theanine, fat burning and improve post-workout performance.
How Much Water do I need?
The last part of the picture is when is enough, enough? From an athletic perspective, we consider ourselves well-hydrated when we urinate frequently and the colour of the liquid is pale yellow. Colour checking of your own urine might not be something you considered in the past, but its a helpful indicator of health and hydration.

Another way of checking is to look out for signs of mild dehydration. When these occur - have a drink. Things to look out for include increased thirst, dry mouth, decreased urine output, urine is more yellowish than normal, and dry skin.

Honestly, I wouldn’t worry about the too much. I would just…drink some water!