People often neglect it, but water is one of the crucial aspects of building muscle. The human body can only last a couple of days without water. Even mild dehydration can cause confusion, dizziness, fatigue, and many other issues.
On the other hand, you can expect many benefits from water as it takes part in detoxification, promoting optimal digestion, nutrient transport, etc.
You should aim to drink clear bottled or tap water. Avoid sweetened variations, and don’t try to substitute it with sugary drinks or soda. The only thing you can consider adding to water is some lemon. It can also be useful if you are looking to add some flavor because you do not like the taste of water.
Lemons are a good source of vitamin C. One lemon provides about 31 mg of vitamin C, which is 51% of the reference daily intake (RDI). Research shows that eating fruits and vegetables rich in vitamin C reduces your risk of heart disease and strokes.
On the other side, dehydration can affect brain structure and function. It is also involved in the production of hormones and neurotransmitters. Prolonged dehydration can lead to problems with thinking and reasoning.
Ultimately, you should aim for a healthy and optimized diet. Aside from focusing on the right food, you want to avoid unhealthy choices as they could compromise your results. If you stick to healthy nutrition and regular workout, you will be on the right path to build your muscles quickly!
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