3 Critical Baseball Hitting Hydration Points to Boosting Bat Speed
Baseball hitting hydration and supplementation with electrolytes, multi-vitamins, and Omega-3's are very important to refueling the body to run optimally, so bat speed can be maximized. You can't just use a hitting doo-hickey and expect faster bat speed results, it takes different disciplines of the body to obtain what the best have achieved.
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The Major Importance of Water Intake and Electrolytes
Drinking enough water is critical, being that our muscles are 75% water and our brains are 80%; water is involved in a majority [if not all] of the chemical reactions in the body...the body can go three weeks without food, but only three days without water.
How much water should a high performance athlete drink?
To be sure you're getting enough water, here's a good formula to stick to (it takes into account the rigors of being an athlete and all the pollutants, contaminants, and things we absorb or put into our bodies on a daily basis):
Body Weight (in pounds) divided by 2 + 20% = the amount of ounces you need on a daily basis.
I weight 176 pounds/2 = 88...20% of 88 is 17.6...88 + 17.6 = 105.6 ounces of water is what I should be drinking daily.
That's about nine 12 ounce bottles of water a day!
What about electrolytes, what are they, and how they aid in baseball hitting hydration?
Def. from Medical-Dictionary/thefreedictionary.com/Electrolytes:
"Salts and minerals that can conduct electrical impulses in the body. Common human electrolytes are sodium chloride, potassium, calcium, and sodium bicarbonate. Electrolytes control the fluid balance of the body and are important in muscle contraction, energy generation, and almost every major biochemical reaction in the body."
After long workouts or practices we need to replace our electrolytes, which are like spark plugs to a piston, they charge the cells with energy so the neuromuscular system can move and utilize fuel efficiently.
When the body runs out of electrolyte stores you painfully cramp up, feel shortness of breath, lightheadedness, nausea, and debilitating muscle spasms. I've been there during my first marathon.
The best drink for baseball hitting hydration?
SmartWater, NOT Gatorade, which has too much high fructose corn syrup (sugar), unless you go with the G2 low sugar alternative. Or try Sharkies Organic Energy Sports Chews, and will work as well.
Filling in the Gaps with Multi-Vitamins & Omega-3 supplementation
I recommend these to all my clients because most people have holes in their diet and these help to fill in the gaps, not to mention create a world of difference in their overall health.
If you're a college athlete, you may have to check with the NCAA rules on banned substances, which is NOT a joke by the way.
Here's a good forum post on SherDog.net answering some of the big questions about banned substances by the NCAA.
You can read a popular article with supporting studies as to why Krill oil is 48X more potent than regular fish oil HERE, but in a nutshell, Krill oil contains Omega-3 fatty acids, EPA, DHA, vitamin E, A, & D, along with a powerful anti-oxidant called canthaxanthin.
Which translates into the following baseball hitting hydration benefits (from the Tim Ferris 48X Krill article above):
- Provides excellent protection against ultraviolet light and UV-induced skin damage,
- Effective in reducing LDL-cholesterol (bad cholesterol),
- Raising HDL-cholesterol (good cholesterol) (up to 44% in some cases),
- Lowering blood sugar,
- Effective in treating the pain and inflammation from rheumatoid arthritis and aches and pains in general,
- Tremendous benefits in terms of symptom reduction in PMS and dysmenorrhea, and
- It has been shown to be effective in the treatment of adult ADHD.
In all these studies, Krill was tested against fish oil and not simply a placebo.
Multi-vitamins are a great alternative if you're not eating enough fruits and veggies, which by the way, is the best way to get vitamins and minerals than pill popping. But, if your busy schedule doesn't allow you to get nutrients from natural food sources, then the following are great products to supplement with...
Two really good athletic Multi and Omega-3's are:
- = Multi-Vitamin (NOT Animal Stak - big difference), and
- NOW Neptune Krill Oil = 48X more potent than regular fish oil
The bottom line is, baseball hitting hydration and supplementation is very important to increasing bat speed because if a player isn't getting the right nutrients, they're out of commission, period. If you're looking for that nutritional bat speed edge, then the above products are the way to go.
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