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Strength Training, Hydration, Blood Panels, and Protein
A smorgasbord of information in this episode and a wide-range of topics! Enjoy!
Question: “You talked about 5×5 in an episode… what kind of workouts are those?”
My favorite all-around resistance training program for beginners and experienced lifters alike is StrongLifts 5x5. These are "powerlifting" compound lifts using a barbell. This will give you the best of both worlds in terms of true strength training and a lean athletic physique.
How Much Water:
Question: “I know we’ve been told we need to drink a certain amount of water, what ratio do you think is necessary?”
A lot of people go way overboard here thanks to info from the bodybuilding community and the mainstream. Many people begin a new nutrition or fitness protocol and drink way too much water, aiming for crazy amounts like over 1 gallon per day.
The truth is, electrolytes regulate your hydration even more than the water does! Without electrolytes, water is useless in the body.
In fact, if you drink so much water that your urine is clear, you're actually dehydrating yourself by flushing electrolytes unnecessarily.
Target Water: Drink half your body weight in ounces per day. For example, a 150 pounds person would want to hit 75 ounces of water each day.
Target Sodium: 3-6 grams of sodium per day. I recommend Redmond Sea Salt because it contains trace amounts of other electrolytes as well.
Hormones - What To Test:
Question: “What specifically should I have my doctor order in a hormone panel to get an idea of where I am?”
Inflammation (C-reactive protein)
Comprehensive metabolic panel (which will test for things like electrolytes, fluid balance, kidney function, liver function, etc.