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Andrew Huberman on Hydration

Staying hydrated is a fundamental aspect of a healthy lifestyle, yet achieving and maintaining optimal hydration can sometimes be challenging. In this article, we explore the insights of Dr. Andrew Huberman on achieving and sustaining hydration.

Understanding Our Need for Water

The human body, consisting of approximately 70% water, relies on this vital resource for optimal functioning. Water acts as a solvent, facilitating efficient chemical reactions, impacting both mental and physical well-being. Additionally, it plays a crucial role in preserving the health of our cells.

Measuring Dehydration: Beyond Visual Cues

While visual cues like pressing on your fingernail are commonly used to gauge hydration levels, Dr. Huberman emphasizes their limitations. These cues provide a general sense, however are not accurate measures due to various influencing factors, such as age.

Huberman's Prescription for Proper Hydration

Dr. Huberman proposes a straightforward approach: consume 8 ounces (237 ml) of fluid every hour for the first 10 hours of the day. This regimen maintains an optimal level of hydration for an average resting body, supporting overall well-being. By the end of this 10 hour period, you should aim to have consumed 80 oncues (2.37 litres) of fluid.

While staying hydrated is crucial, be mindful of late-night hydration as it could cause disruptions to your sacred sleep. If you find yourself waking up throughout the night needing to urinate, considering calming down your fluid intake 2-3hours before bedtime.

Staying Hydrated During Exercise: The Galpin Equation

When it comes to exercise, Dr. Huberman introduces the Galpin Equation - a simple formula to determine your average fluid intake.

It's important to note that these figures are averages and may vary based on exercise conditions, they just provide a good gause that ensures hydration. Feel free to adapt the routine to your preferences; sip throughout or have a larger amount at the end of your workout.

Conclusion: The 10-Hour Hydration Rule

Maintaining fluid intake during the intital 10 hours of your day contributes signicantly to overall well-being and optimizes cognitive and physical performance. Adhering to an hourly liquid intake ensures a consistent and effective approach to hydration, a key component of a healthy lifestyle.

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FAQ Section

1. Is it better to sip or gulp?:

Sipping allows the body to more efficiently process water and hydrate optimally, also yielding a slight boost in performance. However any intake of water is great, and you can pick the method that suits you best.

2. How much should you drink every hour to stay hydrated?:

Dr. Andrew Huberman recommends drinking 8oz (237ml) of fluid per hour for the first 10 hours of the day to maintain optimal hydration. Wehn exercising, utilize the Galpin equation to determine an average on how much fluid to consume every 15-20 minutes.

3. Why focus on the first 10 hours?:

This is so we can follow our bodies natural circadian clock. The kidney functions most efficiently through the first 10 hours of the day, filtering the fluids you intake. As the day progresses, the activity of the kindey reduces. By slowing down fluid intake in the evening, there'll be a lower probability of the need to disturb your sleep with the need to urinate in the middle of the night.