October 16, 2015

Coffee. The New Water

Can’t believe it. For years I’ve heard it sung from mountaintops. The scriptures. Even the Gospel.

Water. Drink it. Lots of it, or else. It’s the Kool-Aid served by health nuts and medical practitioners on every corner. Eight glasses a day. One half your body weight in ounces. Do this or bad things will happen. Bad skin. Bad sleep. Bad health. Bad athletic performance.

I don’t drink enough water. There. I admit it. Last weekend I saw a dead lizard and a dead scorpion on trail, and I wondered if they, too, didn’t drink the Kool-Aid. I passed on refilling my camelback about three hours into the run as the temperature crept into the 90s. I paid a hefty price.

I admit I tend to learn things the hard way. Give me advice on something and I will nod my head politely, then return to my deranged habits. Lets face it, most of us are just a collection of life long habits influenced by our fear of going to detention in the third grade.

Then I read this Wall Street Journal article suggesting coffee is a legitimate way to hydrate. I guess it pays to swim upstream.

Coffee. The new water. 


Jill said...

I don't drink enough water. And I don't like coffee. I'm screwed!

it's all about pace said...

you can rehydrate... you cannot hydrate

Jonathan Steele of Speechmastery.com said...

There is a new hydration paradigm for runners. Spoiler alert...it requires water. BUT...there is a big difference as to how we propose an even better starting place that the current new way to drink.

Put a pinch of salt in your mouth and then drink the entire amount all at once, do not nurse it.

How much? 10% your body weight in ounces. Best if you can do it 5 times, 30-45 min before eating and running. Before the water, take pinch of unprocessed salt and dissolve it in your mouth.

A number of runners have tried it and say it not only works, it works great. What do you think?